In the wake of the senseless shooting at the Charleston AME church last month, nationwide protests and Bree Newsome’s heroic removal, South Carolina lawmakers voted to remove the Confederate flag from their State Capital.
Overnight (July 9), the house vote was passed with the majority, 94 to 20, in favor of removing the longtime symbol of racism and division after 50 years. As soon as South Carolina’s governor, Nikki Haley, receives the bill from the House of Representatives, the flag will be removed and transported to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum which is still somewhat close to the state capital.
After the bill passed, Gov. Haley- who called for the removal after the Charleston massacre- released this statement:
“It is a new day in South Carolina, a day we can all be proud of, a day that truly brings us all together as we continue to heal, as one people and one state.”
After the bill is signed, the flag will be removed in less than 24 hours. Throughout the legislation, the chilling photograph of Dylann Roof holding the flag and the gun hung in their minds. The proof they needed to see, to portray that the flag is much more than a representation of someone’s “heritage.”
At one point, Representative Jenny Horne broke down in an emotional plea in front of the entire house after hours of deliberating.
Though the war is far from over, this is a much needed victory in the longtime fight for civil rights.