Seems to me when a cause is so strong, when a people’s rights are too powerful, when people stand up and stay standing up amazing things can happen. I won’t pretend to know the full history here, I am from Scotland and I have a vague understanding of what this flag means to some and means to others and know hatred and love exist in both. Like in Scotland where a British Flag can be offensive to some I get it in that way. It is for America to understand the why’s and if’s and how’s, well I am done trying to explain democracy in action to people so I will leave it be. Know however when a people stand up and and their cause is JUST!! They will in the end win. But this isn’t about winners or losers America, this is democracy at work for once. We are told this is a Democratic World us 1st World people live in, I will let you be the judge. A movement is a movement, it started yesterday or 50 years ago, doesn’t matter, as long as RIGHT is done. American only you can judge this one, I just see good here, but what do I know right? 😉
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~~Story Via: Sky News US ~~
South Carolina lawmakers have agreed after an impassioned debate to banish the Confederate flag from the grounds of the statehouse. The measure was passed in a predawn vote on Thursday by 94-20. The same bill cleared the state Senate on Monday by 37-3. Republican Governor Nikki Haley, who begged lawmakers to take down the flag after last month’s massacre of nine black people at a church, will sign the legislation this afternoon.
The banner will be taken down on Friday morning and removed to a local history museum.
Dylann Roof, 21, the white suspect charged with the killings, has been seen in online photos flaunting the Confederate banner. Writing on her Facebook page, Governor Haley said: “It is a new day in South Carolina, a day we can all be proud of, a day that truly brings us all together as we continue to heal, as one people and one state.”
There were tears and anger as the legislators deliberated well into the night. Republican Jenny Horne reminded her colleagues she was a descendent of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. But she lambasted members of her party for introducing amendments to stall the debate.
She wept as she spoke of Senator Clementa Pinckney, the legislator and pastor at the Charleston church, who died alongside his parishioners. “For the widow of Senator Pinckney and his two young daughters, that would be adding insult to injury and I will not be a part of it!” she shouted into a microphone.
Republican Mike Pitts fondly recalled playing with a Confederate ancestor’s cavalry sword while growing up. He said the soldiers of the Confederacy, who fought a doomed pro-slavery cause, should be honoured in the same way as those who served in Iraq or Afghanistan. “I’m willing to move that flag at some point if it causes a twinge in the hearts of my friends,” he told fellow lawmakers. “But I’ll ask for something in return.”
Emotional lawmakers hugged in the House chamber following Thursday’s vote. The outcome is all the more significant because South Carolina was the first state to leave the Union in 1860 ahead of the American Civil War.
The flag was first raised over the dome of its statehouse in 1961 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of that conflict. Under a compromise reached in 2000, it was taken down and raised instead by a Confederate memorial on the lawn outside the Republican-dominated legislature. Some claim it as a symbol of Southern pride and heritage, but it was widely seen as toxic after the church shooting.
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