SC Representative Jenny Horne
Throughout the impassioned controversy over whether to keep the Confederate flag on the grounds of South Carolina’s Capitol premises, one Republican’s emotional call for its elimination attracted attention on Wednesday night.
As a group of Republicans fought to maintain the flag, SC Representative Jenny Horne scolded her GOP associates for stalling the argument with dozens of amendments.
“I can not believe that we do not have the heart in this body to do something meaningful, such as take a symbol of hate off these grounds on Friday,” Horne sobbed.
She thought of the funeral of her slain co-worker State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, the pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church, who was murdered with 8 others as his wife and daughter locked themselves in an office.
“For the widow of Sen. Pinckney and his two young daughters, that [not removing the flag] would be adding insult to injury and I will not be a part of it.”.
Tearful S.C. lawmaker votes to remove Confederate flag
SC Representative Jenny Horne gave an emotional speech advocating the removal of the Confederate flag from the state’s Capitol grounds. The descendant of Jefferson Davis referred to it as a symbol of hate.
Opponents of removing the flag referred to grandparents who passed down family treasures and lamented that the flag had been “hijacked” or “abducted” by white supremacists.
Horne reminded her colleagues that she was a descendant of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. She later said that she hadn’t intended to speak but got disheartened with partner Republicans.
Horne has profound roots in South Carolina, and has operated in the legislature for the past seven years. She has championed everything from boosting her states schools and roads to legalizing marijuana extract for medicinal purposes.
Early Thursday morning, after some 13 hours of debate, the House voted 94-20 to get rid of the flag.