Considering the tragic events that have occurred in Charleston over the past few months, it’s no surprise that our State is now considering removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds in Columbia. There must be a two-thirds majority between the House and the Senate in order for the flag to come down. According to recent polls, there is strong support for removing it.
The Post and Courier recently ran a poll which shows “the S.C. House is inching toward the majority necessary to the remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds. The Senate has already surpassed that support level. A team of reporters has been polling lawmakers since Monday morning. As of 11 a.m. Thursday, 74 House members, or about 60 percent, had indicated their support for taking the flag down, as Gov. Nikki Haley has requested.”
This is not the first time the flag’s place has been called in to question. Polls have been taken as recently as 2014 by Winthrop University. However the issue has gained momentum now due to the killing of 9 people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. According to the Post and Courier, the shooter was “a white supremacist who cloaked himself in the Confederate flag.”
The Post and Courier also states, “The flag was placed atop the Statehouse dome in 1962 in what some saw as a show of defiance to integration and the civil rights movement. After mass protests, it was moved to a flagpole next to a Confederate monument along the street in front of the Capitol in 2000 after a compromise was worked out between black lawmakers and the majority Republicans.”
This cause is getting National attention as well. Big name retailers such as Walmart and amazon.com have come out this week banning the sale of Confederate flag merchandise. Regarding Amazon’s decision, The Huffington Post stated, “The e-commerce giant said Tuesday that it plans to remove all flags and related merchandise.”