confederate flag taken down
A South Carolina Highway Patrol honor guard drew down the flag at 10:09 a.m. Friday in a subdued but dignified custom. It was then taken to the Confederate Relic Room, a museum about a mile from the State House on Gervais Street.
As it descended, certain members of the audience could be heard shouting “bye bye flag” and signing “We Shall Overcome.”.
Moments just after the flag was removed, President Barack Obama tweeted, “South Carolina taking down the Confederate flag- a signal of good will and healing, and a meaningful step towards a better future.”.
In the three weeks after the killing of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, the Confederate flag has become a fixed point of outrage, where new distress meets head-on with old pride. The flag on the premises of the state capitol here, specifically, represented official entrenchment.
Many individuals believed the rebel flag would fly endlessly in the first state to leave the Union, in spite of harsh feelings that continued to be after the flag was demoted from on top of the Capitol dome to a Confederate monument out front 15 years ago.
Watch as Confederate flag taken down in South Carolina
The murders of nine black church members at the time of a Bible study in Charleston last month immediately changed the political truths and repercussions encompassing Civil War symbols.
The battle flag unfurled to declare white power and protest the civil rights protest in the 1960s had been protected by white Republican leaders until last month as a symbol of Southern pride. After the church attack, even supporters seemed obliged to acknowledge that the flag also exemplifies racial hatred.
The flag came down Friday without any unpleasant incident, in a 6-minute tradition, surrounded by a crowd of around 10,000 people chanting “USA, USA,” and “hey, hey, hey, goodbye.”.
Moments after the flag was removed, President Barack Obama tweeted, “South Carolina taking down the Confederate flag- a signal of good will and healing, and a meaningful step towards a better future.”