On Monday, after we’ve celebrated our independence, South Carolina lawmakers will begin a debate on whether or not to remove the Confederate flag from state battlegrounds. Some aren’t happy with this, they see it as a move that is tantamount to ripping down a symbol of Southern pride.
But some, who are rational and progressive, like South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, feel it has become the right thing to do after photos emerged of self-confessed mass murderer Dylann Roof pimping the Confederate flag. Roof, who is white, murdered 9 black people last month at a historic black church in Charleston.
“I don’t think that this is going to be easy. I don’t think that it’s going to be painless,” Gov. Nikki Haley told TODAY on Saturday in her first network interview since calling for the flag’s removal. “But I do think that it will be respectful, and that it will move swiftly.”
Taking the Confederate flag down is only “the beginning” of the long road ahead of us. It’s a first step needed on race relations, said Gov. Nikki Haley – who was born to immigrant Indian parents. And she is absolutely, 100% correct. “You always want to think that today is better than yesterday, that we’re growing as a state, we’re growing as a country,” Haley said. “When something like this happens, you reflect and you say, ‘Have we changed enough?'”
The Confederate flag has been flying in South Carolina’s capital since 1961. Removing the Civil War-era icon requires a 2/3 vote from both chambers of the General Assembly — and that won’t be an easy victory to get. On Friday, pro-Confederate robocalls went out to some homes in South Carolina calling on voters to contact their state representative to “not stand with leftist fanatics who want to destroy the South,” reported The Herald newspaper in South Carolina. As opposed to, you know, racist members of the south destroying the lives of minorities and pissing all over the Constitution with their ignorance.