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South Carolina's New Governor in 'All-White' Country Club Flap

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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Thursday, 26 Jan 2017 11:06 AM

Henry McMaster, who this week replaced Gov. Nikki Haley as governor of South Carolina, belongs to an exclusionary "all-white" country club and is being called to resign from it immediately, The Guardian reports.

A 1925 deed for The Forest Lake Club stipulates the property "shall be forever used, kept up and maintained exclusively as and for the purpose of a country club of white membership."

And Bakari Sellers, a former state legislator and one-time political opponent of McMaster, tells the newspaper, "Those people who represent an entire state should not represent a segregated club. It's 2017."

McMaster, the former attorney general of South Carolina, has been a Forest Lake Club member for more than 32 years and has repeatedly refused calls to quit, The Guardian says.

"It's a relic of the past, like the Confederate flag," Sellers told the newspaper. "I don't know how you woo business [into the state] and talk about diversity and inclusion when you don't live that in your private life."

Club officials insist there are no discriminatory policies.

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