South Carolina votes to remove Confederate flag from state grounds

South Carolina votes to remove Confederate flag from state grounds
By Joanna Gill
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The Confederate flag which flies over South Carolina’s statehouse grounds is set to come down after the legislature voted to remove it early on

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The Confederate flag which flies over South Carolina’s statehouse grounds is set to come down after the legislature voted to remove it early on Thursday (July 9) morning.

It followed a 13-hour long debate between House Republicans and Democrats who eventually passed the bill 94-20. The bill will now be passed to Governor Nikki Haley to be signed into law later in the day.

Emotional plea by SC State Rep, a descendant of Jefferson Davis, to take down the flag – then House votes to do so: https://t.co/sezjGvAQeK

— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) July 9, 2015

Flag of hate, Flag of heritage

The flag, which dates back to the American Civil War (1861-65) had become synonymous with slavery and racism for many and a symbol of Southern heritage for others.

Amazing Grace SC. S897 will remove the Confederate Flag from the State House grounds forever. We honor the Emanuel9 pic.twitter.com/mMHzmCbbHX

— Sen. Marlon Kimpson (@KimpsonForSC) July 9, 2015

To the people who believe the Confederate flag is a symbol of Southern heritage: It is not: http://t.co/uGTdcvdIf6pic.twitter.com/gwmRIciNhj

— Slate (@Slate) July 1, 2015

Debate over the flag received renewed scrutiny following the massacre of nine black worshippers during Bible study in a church with a historically black congregation in Charleston. The accused gunman was seen posing with the Confederate flag in a photo posted on a website, setting out a racist manifesto.

The moment was historic enough for a mobile phone photo to immortalise the vote.

Lawmakers waiting with their phones to capture vote on #Confederateflagpic.twitter.com/R9BPbaPUvt

— Jamie Self (@jamiemself) July 9, 2015

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