A ceremony was held at the State House in South Carolina for the removal of its Confederate Flag. Governor Nikki Haley signed the bill into law yesterday after South Carolina lawmakers voted this week to take down the flag in the Capitol city of Columbia, SC.
Crowds of people cheered, “take it down, take it down!”
NBC News stated this law ended a decade-old issue caused by the murder of nine African American members at a church in Charleston.
“This is a hopeful day,” Haley admitted to Matt Lauer in an interview during a broadcast of The Today Show.
When Lauer asked Haley’s likelihood of receiving immediate backlash, Haley denied his claims and explained that the confederate flag will be put in a relic museum for those who want to look back on their heritage. However, she suggested that the State House belongs to everyone, and those driving by the Capitol should not have to be reminded of the perils that occurred during that tragic massacre. The Republican female governor has faith in her people.
For others, the Confederate Flag was always a sign of racism during the onslaught of The African-American Civil Rights Movement which started in 1954 and ended in 1968.
President Barrack Obama tweeted, “South Carolina taking down the confederate flag – a signal of good will and healing, and a meaningful step towards a better future.”
This removal shows compassion for those nine deceased people that showed forgiveness in the face of danger. The ceremony only lasted 10 minutes. A trend seems to be going on. Two weeks prior, the confederate flag at the Capitol of Alabama was taken down.
This ceremony means a lot to the people of the United States. This shows the rest of the world that the U.S. is leaving behind their harsh segregated and discriminating past. This would be a necessary action after the country was captivated by the Supreme Court’s decision to give equal rights to same-sex marriage on June 27, 2015.