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The Confederate flag is flying higher than the U.S. and South Carolina state flags in the state’s capitol the day after the Charleston church shooting.
It’s a confederacy of crazy.
The South’s ugly racial history was on full display Thursday as the South Carolina capitol’s U.S. and state flags were lowered to half-staff following the Charleston church shooting — but the Confederate flag was flying at its full height.
Images of the flag waving in the wind high over the city of Columbia prompted outrage on social media.
“I would love to see a huge, local, multiracial crowd march to the Statehouse and tear that flagpole down like a goalpost,” Jim Kavanagh, an editor at Habitat for Humanity International, wrote on the Charleston Post and Courier’s web site.
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The flag was left alone because of a state law provision added by supporters of the rebel banner who view it as a memorial to South Carolinians who fought in the Civil War. Pictured is people gathering at a memorial in front of Mother Emanuel AMC Church.
“Symbols have meaning.”
The flag was left alone because of a state law provision added by supporters of the rebel banner who view it as a memorial to South Carolinians who fought in the Civil War.
To its opponents, the flag remains a symbol of slavery.
“When you are flying the Confederate flag in your state capital you are sanctioning this terrorism. Just FYI,” tweeted writer Roxane Gay.