It took longer than necessary, but that no good flag is coming down. Yesterday (July 8), the South Carolina House approved a bill to remove the Confederate flag from the state’s capitol grounds.
Reports the New York Times:
The final vote in the State House of Representatives, 94 to 20, was well above the two-thirds majority required to move the bill to the desk of Gov. Nikki R. Haley, a Republican who called for the flag to come down after the massacre last month at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.
Ms. Haley’s office said that she would sign the bill into law at an event at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the State House. With Ms. Haley’s signature, the clock will begin to tick, and the state will have 24 hours to take down the flag, which will be moved to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, near the Capitol.
“It is a new day in South Carolina, a day we can all be proud of, a day that truly brings us all together as we continue to heal, as one people and one state,” Ms. Haley said in a statement after the vote, which she watched from her wing of offices just below the House chamber.
In lieu of the murder of nine churchgoers by Dylan Roof, a proud Confederate flag waver, there have been calls across the nation for the removal of the rebel symbol.