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South Carolina Confederate Flag Bill to Remove Banner Advances in Senate

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Jul 2015 10:32 AM

The debate in South Carolina over the removal of the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds is set to hit a final Senate vote Tuesday after the preliminary vote on the bill passed 37-3 on Monday.

“The South Carolina Senate . . . rose to this historic occasion, with a large majority of members from both parties coming together in the spirit of unity and healing that is binding our state back together and moving us forward in the right direction," said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley after Monday's vote, according to CNN.

Although there have long been debates concerning the appropriateness and historic symbolism of the Confederate flag, this new wave of heated controversy arose in the wake of the deadly shooting in Charleston last month by a racially motivated gunman that claimed nine lies at a predominantly black church.

After the shooter, Dylann Roof, was arrested the day after the shooting, a Web page surfaced that contained a racist manifesto and showed Roof waving a Confederate flag in pictures.

The flag’s defenders claim that the banner is part of South Carolina’s Southern heritage and represents those who fought and died during the Civil War, according to Reuters. They also raised concerns that removing the flag from the statehouse grounds may lead to the flag’s removal from other monuments and the eradication of other symbols of Southern heritage and pride, including the renaming of streets and places named after Confederate heroes.

During the Monday vote, several senators remarked upon the forgiveness displayed by relatives of the shooting victims, claiming that the removal of the flag would be a proper way to honor them, according to Reuters.

“If they could be peacemakers in those dire circumstances . . . I determined I can be a peacemaker when it comes to a flag flying on our State House grounds," said Republican Sen. Chip Campsen.

“I applaud the Senate's decisive action . . . and ask that the House act swiftly and follow the Senate's lead,” Haley said, according to CNN.

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The debate in South Carolina over the removal of the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds is set to hit a final Senate vote Tuesday after the preliminary vote on the bill passed 37-3 on Monday.
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