Today the South Carolina Senate formally approved a bill removing the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds, where it has flown either atop the Capitol or on a nearby flagpole for 54 years.
As reported first by NPR, the Senate sent the bill to the House today after its third and final vote tallying 36-3. The bill could be taken up almost immediately, or technical delays could push back the House debate as late as Friday.
This valiant push to take down the flag comes in the wake of the June 17 shooting massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Police say accused shooter Dylann Roof reportedly shouted racial epithets during the bloodbath, and several photos of the suspect showed him posing with a Confederate flag.
One of those killed at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church was its senior pastor, Clementa Pinckney — who also served as a state senator.
This is a clear long overdue win for the downfall of slavery and bigotry. It’s about time the flag came down. South Carolina was the first state to secede, two months after the election of Abraham Lincoln. It was in South Carolina that the Civil War began, when the Confederacy fired on Fort Sumter. The state’s casus belli of the civil war clearly shows their intent to own slaves and support white supremacy as shown in this caption from it.
It’s about time that a clear history lesson is given, and knowledge is seen as power. If you can understand the roots behind the confederacy and the cause for the civil war, only then can you understand the slavery oriented with and white supremacy tied to the confederate flag. It should be vividly apparent knowledge is power, even the confederates learned this.
“It appears we have appointed our worst generals to command forces, and our most gifted and brilliant to edit newspapers! In fact, I discovered by reading newspapers that these editor/geniuses plainly saw all my strategic defects from the start, yet failed to inform me until it was too late. Accordingly, I’m readily willing to yield my command to these obviously superior intellects, and I’ll, in turn, do my best for the Cause by writing editorials – after the fact.”
Robert E. Lee, 1863
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