Really, South Carolina?
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley ordered flags to be flown at half-staff today
in aftermath of the tragedy that occurred at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and in memory of those who died, but it seems her directive is not applicable to the controversial Confederate flag that flies in front of the capitol building.
From Twitter user @johnjohngl, who captured a photograph this morning:
As Zach Beauchamp at Vox.com notes, this is an absolute insult to the victims:
This is more than just an awkward juxtaposition. As Cornell historian Edward Baptist explains in a series of chilling tweets, the Confederate flag isn't just a symbol of the pro-slavery rebellion, it's also a symbol of post-Civil War white supremacy — including the KKK and other groups that expressed that supremacy violently, at times by attacking black churches. That it's flying today, after what Charleston police are describing as a hate crime, is profoundly ugly.
It's time for South Carolina to take it down, once and for all. Click here to sign the petition to Gov. Nikki Haley to take down this controversial symbol of hate.