South Carolina House Approves Bill to Remove Confederate Flag

Posted on July 9, 2015

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by John DA, editing by Adam MS

(7/10) The Confederate Flag Has Officially Been Removed from South Carolina’s State Capitol

The Confederate flag long flying over the South Carolina state capitol in Columbia was removed on Friday.

The removal came just a day after the state house and South Carolina governor Nikki Haley approved the bill to do so by a two-thirds margin.

Thousands gathered on the streets surrounding the capitol building and the grass square where the flag pole once holding the flag stands.

Seven members of the S.C. Highway Patrol Honor Guard removed the flag in a ceremony held shortly after 10 a.m. Cheers immediately broke out, and crowds began to chant “Nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, good bye.”

The flag, which stood in front of a Confederate soldier memorial, will now be housed in the South Carolina Relic Room & Military Museum.

Haley was on hand for the ceremony, and stood on the Capitol steps with the relatives of victims of the Charleston Emmanuel AME Church shooting.

The call to remove the flag came shortly after it was revealed that alleged shooter Dylan Roof, 21, was racially motivated when he opened fire during a Bible study meeting at the church.

State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, the church’s pastor, was among those killed.

While some protestors were present in the crowd, the majority of attendees waved American flags and cheered in support of the historic decision.

“South Carolina taking down the confederate flag – a signal of good will and healing, and a meaningful step towards a better future,” Tweeted President Barack Obama shortly after the ceremony.

 

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Just weeks after the shooting death of nine members of a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, the state’s House approved a bill to remove the Confederate flag from Capitol grounds.

The vote came early Thursday morning after more than 13 hours of at times emotional debate, the Associated Press reports.

The House approved the Senate bill by a two-thirds margin and it will now go to Gov. Nikki Haley for signing.

“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,” Haley said in a statement.

The call to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse came after it was revealed that alleged shooter Dylann Roof, 21, was racially motivated when he opened fire during a Bible study meeting at the Emanuel AME Church on June 17.

State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, the church’s pastor, was among those killed.

(image:AP)

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