State Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Ted Pitts says there’s no way to know how much money South Carolina has lost because of the economic sanctions over the flag, but says, “South Carolina needs to recruit the top workforce, the talent from around the country, and I think having that flag on the Statehouse grounds would have affected decisions”.
Moments after Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster ratified the bill, Haley made the announcement that she would sign it in the Statehouse lobby that afternoon.
At approximately 4:19 p.m., the Governor signed the bill to remove the Confederate Flag from the South Carolina Capitol.
The vote count was more than the two-thirds needed – but it came after a handful of lawmakers mounted a tenacious last stand, proposing amendment after amendment that led the debate to drag on more than 12 hours. “This has become the biggest political football I’ve seen in my congressional career, this whole issue of illegal immigration and what to do about it”. That sparked a nationwide debate about the flag’s place in American culture.
The NAACP welcomed the move, calling the flag “one of the longest standing symbols of hatred and exclusion”. “It is a great day in South Carolina“. She said their inspirational actions played a major role in the law’s passage, and said a pen from the signing would go to each of the families.
“I grew up in the North”, King said, but added: “The Confederate flag always was the symbol of the pride of the South”.
During the debate, Pitts recalled playing with a Confederate ancestor’s cavalry sword while growing up, and has said the flag is a reminder of how dirt-poor Southern farmers fought Yankees not because they hated blacks or supported slavery, but because their land was being invaded.
REP. HAKEEM JEFFRIES (D), New York: What exactly is the tradition of the Confederate Battle Flag that we’re supporting? Other sports with open slots less likely (or not likely at all) to be filled by the state include ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle and skiing. His final proposal to put a state flag on the pole behind the Confederate memorial looked like it was going to pass, which would delay the entire bill from passing.
The governor said the way the victims welcomed the gunman into their Bible study, and the forgiveness survivors expressed when the suspect later appeared in court, have inspired change nationwide. And for the widow of Sen.
The flag controversy has extended across the USA South as the Charleston killings spurred a wave of repudiation by politicians and businesses.
The Civil War-era flag is viewed as a symbol of slavery and racism by some in the United States and of Southern heritage by others.
House Speaker John Boehner called for an “adult” debate over the display of the Confederate flag over a measure Republicans put forward to continue to permit its display at certain National Park Service-run cemeteries. “That it is coming down symbolizes to me that my sister’s death was not in vain, that her death was able to shape and change public policy that should have been changed decades ago”.