By a whopping vote of 37-3, the South Carolina State Senate approved the removal of the Confederate flag from the State House:
Monday’s vote comes less than a week after the 15th anniversary of South Carolina taking the flag off the Capitol dome where it flew since the early 1960s and moving it to beside a monument honoring Confederate soldiers.
We now have the opportunity, the obligation to put the exclamation point on an extraordinary narrative of good and evil, of love and mercy that will take its place in the history books,” said Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort.
It’s important to note that lawmakers ignored the flag and previous pleas until Dylann Roof murdered nine people at South Carolina’s AME Emmanuel church, a historically black church. It took nine people dying before this was even an issue. Nine people, one of which was a state senator and colleague to three that still voted against taking it down.
If it were up to Republican Senator Lee Bright, he’d leave it up until we understood its true meaning:
The pointy-hooded crowd that stood there waving it just a few days ago, claiming its heritage, certainly didn’t get the message across.
“I’m more against taking it down in this environment than any other time just because I believe we’re placing the blame of what one deranged lunatic did on the people that hold their Southern heritage high,” said Bright, a Republican.
The proposal to take it down is expected to have very stiff competition in the State House where key Southern Republicans have vowed to fight it.
If we started referring to it as Confederate Nostalgia instead of Southern Pride, I wonder if the flag’s supporters would get what the rest of the Union is trying to convey to them. I’ve read the Articles of Confederacy and every Confederate state’s reasons for secession, and if that’s what you’re proud of, then it’s not “Southern Pride”. It’s the romanticized idea of the southern antebellum plantation’s hierarchy and class system, which explains the “we want our country back [from black]” call by many Southern Republicans. That uppity negro has no business in the big house. Mulatto or not.
That flag is about respecting that good ol’ massa’s patriarchal godly white rule. That’s the southern tradition that was intrinsic to the Confederacy.
Expect there to be a fight.