A brutal reminder of the South’s racial history was on full display Thursday as South Carolina capitol’s U.S. and state flags were lowered to half-staff after Blacks were slaughtered at Emanuel AME Church by a White gunman, but the Confederate flag continued to fly at its full height, according to the New York Daily News.
The bitter hypocrisy of images of the flag, long a symbol of racial oppression and hatred, waving over the city of Columbia sparked outrage and a searing debate on social media. The Daily News says the flag was not lowered because of a state law provision added by supporters of the flag who see it as a memorial to South Carolinians who fought in the Civil War. Here is what social media had to say:
— deray mckesson (@deray) June 18, 2015
— ColorOfChange.org (@ColorOfChange) June 19, 2015
Baker backtracks, now says South Carolina’s statehouse Confederate flag should be removed – http://t.co/ta2VHU0ulj
— Robin Simpson (@robin182zz) June 19, 2015
What do you think? Should it come down?
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