You go, Nikki Haley. The South Carolina Governor is demanding that ‘the time has come’ for the state to remove the Confederate battle flag, after the racially-driven massacre left nine dead at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17. See her powerful words here.
Less than one week after nine worshippers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina were shot and killed, Nikki Haley is thinking seriously about the future of the state. In a powerful speech given on June 22, the South Carolina governor claimed that the Confederate Flag is a “deeply offensive symbol of a brutally oppressive past” which is why it must be removed from the State Capitol — immediately.
“Today we are here in a moment of unity in our state, without ill will, to say it’s time to move the flag from the capitol grounds,” Nikki said according to People, after the racially-motivated massacre left the nation in shock. “The time has come. This has been a very difficult time for our state. We have stared evil in the eye … Our state is grieving, but we are also coming together.” Primary suspect Dylann Roof, 21, was arrested for the hate crime, which killed eight churchgoers, including the church’s pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney.
Nikki goes on to say why it’s not acceptable for the confederate flag to be displayed on state grounds. “For many people in our state, the flag stands for traditions that are noble,” she continued. “At the same time for many others in South Carolina, the flag is a deeply offensive symbol of a brutally oppressive past.We do not need to declare a winner and a loser here but the statehouse is different … The flag, while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our state.”
Well said, Nikki. It’s wrong for the Capitol to display a Confederate flag when we as a country do not tolerate any sort of racial injustice. Nikki also mentioned Dylann, saying that he had a “sick and twisted view” of the Confederate flag, which has remained a controversial symbol in Southern culture. Along with Nikki, politicians Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have advocated for the removal of the Confederate flag from state grounds. Nikki’s words were truly moving after such a horrific crime.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims’ family and friends during this difficult time.
HollywoodLifers, what do YOU think? Do you think the Confederate Flag should be removed from the state house? Let us know.
— Julianne Ishler