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5 Noteworthy Quotes From Lawmakers on Confederate Flag Takedown

By    |   Friday, 31 Jul 2015 04:08 PM

The June 17 shooting of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, fueled the debate among lawmakers and others about the Confederate flag’s true meaning and whether the symbol should remain in public places.

The Confederate flag was taken down from the South Carolina capitol grounds in July after lawmakers voted for its removal, USA Today reported.

While the majority of government officials and presidential candidates are in favor of taking down the flag, there are still many lawmakers who continue to claim the Southern Cross is a symbol of their heritage and tradition.

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Here are five quotes from lawmakers, who are for and against the Confederate flag’s place in American government and society.

“We are not going to allow this symbol to divide us along longer. ... The fact that it causes so [much] pain is enough to move it from the capitol grounds. It is, after all, a capitol that belongs to all of us.”
— South Carolina Gov. Nikki Hakey, in a speech calling for the Confederate flag to be taken down from state capital ground, according to The Washington Post

“We acknowledge that demanding the removal of these hurtful images and symbols that represent decades of hatred and oppression is only the first step in addressing the racism plaguing our country, but we must also acknowledge that symbols matter.”
— Emanuel Cleaver, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, according to Politico

“It’s wrong for a bunch of people who aren’t from the given state to parachute into South Carolina and dictate what they should do.”
— Republican presidential nominee Ted Cruz, according to Fox News

"I think it's a sign of prejudice and slavery and racism and the Ku Klux Klan, and I just don't think it's appropriate for today's day and age."
— Missouri Rep. Charlie Norr, D-Springfield, according to the Springfield News-Leader

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“Removing this flag from out front is not going to do anything to change this nation. The only thing it is going to do is disrespect those 21,000 men who fought.”
— South Carolina Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg County, according to the Los Angeles Times

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The June 17 shooting of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, fueled the debate among lawmakers and others about the Confederate flag's true meaning and whether the symbol should remain in public places.
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