Civic leaders, activists, and the three Democratic 2016 presidential candidates are celebrating, marching and paying homage Monday to Martin Luther King Jr., marking the 30th anniversary of the federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader. In South Carolina, civil rights leaders planned a march to their state capitol as in past years when their rally highlighted calls to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds. The King Day at the Dome gathering began in 2000 with that call. Last July, organizers got their wish as South Carolina swiftly removed the flag which had flown at the capitol for more than 50 years after what police said was a racially motivated shooting that claimed nine lives at a church in Charleston. The state NAACP said there is still more work to do to honor King and the theme of this year’s rally is “education equity,” with speakers calling for South Carolina to spend more money to help students in poorer, more rural school … [Read more...] about Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders to appear at Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events in early-voting state of South Carolina
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Far too long after the forces of freedom defeated the forces of slavery in a Civil War that cost 620,000 American lives, the flag of the Confederacy’s hateful and treasonous cause has finally come down at the South Carolina statehouse. An honor guard furled the banner with military respect but in the manner that signified surrender, mirroring how Confederate soldiers submitted to Union troops in 1865. Hallelujah and good riddance. It took 150 years to get to this moment of grace. It took Brown v. the Board of Education, the march at Selma, the “I have a dream” speech and countless other hard-won steps toward civil rights progress. Tragically, it also took a massacre of black innocents — one of far, far too many in this nation’s history — this time claiming nine souls in the midst of prayer at a historic Charleston church. That heinous crime, perpetrated by a racist who wrapped himself in the Southern Cross, finally forced leaders of … [Read more...] about Furling an evil past as South Carolina pulls down that damn Confederate flag
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Confederate battle flag – a powerful symbol of slavery and the Old South that has roiled emotions in South Carolina for decades – was removed from the Statehouse grounds Friday in a brief ceremony observed by thousands kept at a distance behind metal barriers.With little fanfare, a seven-man South Carolina Highway Patrol Honor Guard, which included two African-Americans, slowly lowered the banner from its perch alongside a Confederate memorial near the Capitol.The guard, marching in precision, approached the small, fenced-in area around the 30-foot flagpole to the cheers of "take it down!" from the crowd. One of the officers entered, lowering the flag with a cranked pulley. A second helped him in furling, or rolling, the flag and binding it with a string. They turned and march smartly away.Not a word was spoken during the entire process, which lasted less than 10 minutes. There were no speeches nor gun salutes. Only the chants of, "USA! USA!" … [Read more...] about South Carolina takes down Confederate flag
South Carolina, the state in which nine black churchgoers were massacred last week allegedly by an avowed white racist, dragged this nation into the Civil War. Now it should lead the way in casting off a lingering symbol of that racial conflict. I'm talking about getting rid of the Confederate battle flag that flies at full staff on the grounds of its capitol even as the flags of South Carolina and the United States have been lowered to half-staff in honor of the people that police say 21-year-old Dylann Roof has admitted killing The rebel flag flies near a memorial to soldiers who fought on the side of the Confederacy in the Civil War. That conflict was set into motion on Dec. 24, 1860 when South Carolina became the first of 11 Southern states to secede from the United States. It did this, South Carolina said in its secession statement, because Northern states "denounced as sinful the institution of slavery," encouraged blacks to escape and incited "servile insurrection." To be … [Read more...] about Wickham: South Carolina, take down that flag
We still have far to go in race relations. All the proof you need is the Confederate flag flying at the capitol in South Carolina.The U.S. flag has been lowered to half-staff. So, too, has the state flag.But not the Confederate flag.According to the 2000 South Carolina Heritage Act, it can't be touched without approval from the state's General Assembly.So there it is, flying high and proud over a state that has just suffered a horrific and apparently racially-motivate attack that left nine innocent African American citizens dead.The flag is on the license plate of suspected killer Dylann Roof. MONTINI: Another mass killing. Another missed opportunity? ROBERTS: After church massacre, there just are no words EDITORIAL: Mass murder isn't enough for terrorists anymore Gov. Nikki Haley says she has no jurisdiction to lower the flag. She said, however, "I think the state will start talking about that again, and we'll see where it goes." That's it. "We'll see where it … [Read more...] about Confederate flag NOT at half-staff in South Carolina?
One hundred and fifty years after Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, the South Carolina Legislature on Tuesday will consider -- consider -- whether it's time to take down the Confederate flag that flies on the grounds of the state capitol.South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday called for flag to be removed, saying it is for many "a deeply offensive symbol of a brutally oppressive past." ."It's time to move the flag from the Capitol grounds," Haley said."For many people in our state, the flag stands for traditions that are noble. Traditions of history, of heritage, and of ancestry. At the same time, for many others in South Carolina, the flag is a deeply offensive symbol of a brutally oppressive past."And so on Tuesday, the Legislature will consider -- consider -- removing the symbol that is to African Americans what the swastika is to Jews. A powerful symbol of that which sadly still exists in this country. We saw it last week, in the massacre of … [Read more...] about South Carolina may – may? – take down Confederate flag?
WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton praised South Carolina’s Republican governor Nikki Haley for pushing to take down the Confederate Flag on Thursday, but warned that the move is just one of many needed to end “institutionalized racism” in the U.S. Speaking at a black church in Florissant, Mo., just miles from Ferguson, Clinton called the murders of nine black churchgoers in Charleston “an act of racist terrorism perpetrated in a house of God,” and demanded that their deaths not be in vain. "We can't hide from hard truths about race and justice. We have to name them, own them and change them. That's why I appreciate the actions begun yesterday by the governor and other leaders of South Carolina to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state house, recognizing it as a symbol of our nation's racist past that has no place in our nation's present or future. It shouldn't fly there; it shouldn't fly anywhere,” Clinton said to applause. … [Read more...] about Hillary Clinton says removing Confederate Flag from South Carolina capitol is just start to ending institutionalized racism
Standing with a diverse array of South Carolina elected officials, Gov. Nikki Haley Monday urged removal of the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds. Let this be a symbolic legacy of the nine African-Americans massacred in Emanuel AME Church. Let this also be a step in an awakening that purges the anti-American symbol from the iconography of every state in the union. Yes, the Union. The flags of other Southern states incorporate imagery evoking the Southern Cross or Stars and Bars of the Confederacy. One hundred-fifty years after the end of the Civil War, the flag still represents slavery, still represents the bloody war fought in defense of slavery, still represents treason. FULL COVERAGE OF CHARLESTON CHURCH MASSACRE Among those at Haley’s side were Democrat Rep. Jim Clyburn, who is black, and Republican Tim Scott, the state’s first post-Reconstruction black U.S. senator. While paying undue … [Read more...] about Symbol of shame: Confederate flag must disappear from South Carolina statehouse grounds
Lawmakers across the south weighed in Sunday on the debate over whether South Carolina should continue to fly the Confederate Flag in front of its state house in the wake of last week’s horrific church shooting in Charleston. “That is a flag of rebellion," South Carolina Democratic Rep. James Clyburn said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” explaining that the flag might inspire future violence. “That is the battle flag of the Confederacy.” “People get emboldened by all this,” he added. “You’re certainly creating a climate to allow this kind of thing to happen.” Other lawmakers from the area condemned the racist shooting at the historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that left nine dead, but were reluctant to immediately state that the flag should be removed. LUPICA: CONFEDERATE FLAG IS SYMBOL OF RACISM THAT MUST BE TAKEN DOWN IN S.C. Sen Tim … [Read more...] about Southern lawmakers weigh in on removing Confederate Flag from near South Carolina state house, with many wanting to defer to state’s legislature
South Carolina's governor called on Monday for the Confederate flag to be removed from Statehouse grounds. Republican Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Lindsey Graham, a long-serving Republican and a 2016 presidential candidate, held a joint news conference at 4 p.m. in Columbia, the state capital, to make the announcement. The move comes after photos emerged of church massacre suspect Dylann Roof, 21, posing with the Civil War-era symbol of pro-slavery states. "The fact that people are using it as a sign of hate is something we cannot stand," Haley said. The flag has flown in front of the state capitol for 15 years after being moved from atop the Statehouse dome. "150 years after the end of the Civil War, the time has come," Haley said after rousing applause, surrounded by Democrats and Republican lawmakers. "That flag, while an integral part of the past, does not represent the future of our great state." U.S. Sens. Lindsay Graham and Tim Scott, an … [Read more...] about South Carolina governor pushes for Confederate flag to come down at Statehouse; Walmart, Sears pull flag products