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Calls For Removal Of Confederate Flag Outside SC Statehouse Grow In Wake Of Race-Fueled Charleston Church Shooting

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A bill to remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of South Carolina’s state capitol is now on to the state House after passage in the Senate. The bill passed a third reading. The vote was 36 to 3. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says she will enact the bill immediately once it passes the legislature.

Calls for the flag to come down increased after the fatal shooting of nine people in historic black church Emanuel A.M.E. in Charleston last month. The church’s pastor, Hon. Reverend Clementa Pinckney, also served as a state senator and was among the victims, now known as “The Emanuel Nine.” Photos show alleged shooter Dylann Roof posing with the Confederate flag. Several South Carolina legislators remarked that the shooting made them realize how divisive the flag was.

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