South Carolina Senate Votes to Remove Confederate Battle Flag

The South Carolina Senate voted to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state house by an unexpectedly huge margin. The final vote found 37-3 in favor of retiring the contentious flag widely viewed as a symbol of white supremacy.

Before the flag comes down, the state House must hold a vote. But such a huge margin of support for its removal by the state Senate nearly ensures the flag’s days are numbered.

The debate in the state Senate today was dramatic and occasionally heated. There were those who sought to minimize the importance of the flag’s symbolism in an attempt to keep it flying. But their soft bigotry didn’t go unnoticed by some outspoken colleagues.

State Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D) offered a candid anecdote about race in America, saying he received a message about racial “entitlement” from a white person after the Charleston massacre:

“That’s days after nine people are murdered because their skin was dark. What happened, happened in our state. There’s a quiet bigotry that still exists, and if those of us who are white don’t say anything … then we’re part of the problem.”

State Sen. Darrell Jackson (D), a Black man, said in response to a flag-defender:

“When I see a Confederate soldier, I don’t get goosebumps and feel all warm and fuzzy [...] I respect the fact that you do. All I’m saying is, you can’t force all of us to have a passion that some of you have about certain things.”

Recently, civil rights activist and filmmaker Bree Newsome personally scaled the flag pole and removed the Confederate flag, calmly informing officers she was prepared to be arrested when she finished. Newsome recited biblical passages as she was led away in handcuffs.

Newsome and James Tyson, who helped her, could spend up to three years in prison for the defacement of state property, although such a harsh sentence seems unlikely given the contemporary circumstances.

No exact details have yet been provided on the upcoming state House vote, although it can be expected in the immediate future.

127 comments

Jim Ven
Jim V1 years ago

thanks for the article.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus C1 years ago

Thank you!

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James Jeffries
James Jeffries2 years ago

More stupid crap from people who should have better things to do given the shape the country is in . Will the blacks be happier when the flag of isalam flies? I think its just another nibble at freedom, for a race that will never be satisfied! Hello Al Sharpton

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill2 years ago

I find it interesting that it took republicans to take it down when it was democrats who put it up in the first place.

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Regus Slantei
Regus Slantei2 years ago

We should once again all stand in awe of David F.'s profound stupidity.

He has no more clue as to why his great grandfathers REALLY fought in the Civil War, than he does about his inaccurate attempts to label people as "conservative" and "liberal". David has merely generated a purposefully ignorant and sophomorically self-serving fairytale about his ancestors to make his malignant and revisionist point.

The confederate side saw 10s of thousands non-slave owners fight and DIE for the south's dearly held causes, of which the CENTRAL cause was the protection and EXPANSION of slavery in the US. The overriding importance of this "cause" for the south and the confederacy was repeatedly attested to by the secessionist leaders and then the confederate gov't leaders.....and they never swayed from it.

Oh, and by the way, think about it: David would have to be north of 100 years old for it to have been possible that his great-grandfathers fought in the Civil War. These revisionist titwillows can't even contrive their fairytales in a self-consistent manner.

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Robert Hamm
Robert Hamm2 years ago

errrrrrr mean they can move forward when we let them. Even well off Black people are stopped and harassed. Even highly educated blacks are. And if they act too educated then they are uppity.

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Robert Hamm
Robert Hamm2 years ago

Well Billie. You can disappear into society and unless you mention your cherokee people assume your white. Black people can't disappear into society. I assume they will "get over it" when we allow them to.

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Billie Sue B.
Billie Sue B2 years ago

The choise on forms was to mark race as black or white, my Cherokee ansesters marked white. Thus saying Cherokee's aren't important. All the settlers from 150 years ago or longer, that I know claim some Cherokee. Some are 100% Cherokee. Calanders of events for Pow Wows are still scheduled.

If the Cherokees can move forward so should the Blacks.

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Robert Hamm
Robert Hamm2 years ago

As usual David.....you bring nothing useful to the table. All rhetoric all the time.

The North didn't force SC to take down the flag. The senate and the house and the governor of SC did it.
There was NATIONWIDE support for it to happen. Its not a completely either or thing as you like to make everything. Its Not one extreme or another. There is PLENTY of area between the far right and far left that you just refuse to see,

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Robert Hamm
Robert Hamm2 years ago

We didn't simply enslave people. We Systematically stripped them of their entire culture and history. We eliminated the entire family structure. WE systematically DEHUMANIZED them.
And now we bitch because in the last 40-50 years, they have managed to create the family structure overnight.

Now I didn't blame US for it....we went here. BUT we are here NOW and have been for 60 years. In IN that 60 years we have FINALLY recognized them as humans with the same capacities as us. The family structure doest exist because our forefathers destroyed it. NOT because blacks are simply shiftless and lacking moral compass.

Yes the Irish and the jews were snlaved too BUT once THEY got educated they could been in to society and become invisible. Black people have not been ALLOWED to be invisible. It is OBVIOUS when someone is black and can't be ignored.
The flag represents ALLL of that to an oppressed people. Our white privilege society finds it easy to look right over that though. South carolina leaders decided to take down the flag. They are going to have to lead people where they wont go on their own.

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