United States: towards a withdrawal from the Confederate flag in South Carolina

Le drapeau confédéré devant le Parlement de Caroline du Sud à Columbia, le 4 juillet.

Senators from South Carolina (southeast), led by the recent massacre of nine blacks in Charleston, stepped Monday July 6th to the withdrawal of the local parliament of the Confederate flag, a symbol of history for some, of “hate” to other

After the massacre of Charleston, the rejection of the Confederate flag

In a vote that is not final, the local Senate overwhelmingly approved by 37 votes against three a bill to remove the flag flying for fifteen years next to a monument of remembrance of the Civil War (1861-1865), in the gardens of the parliament of Columbia, the state capital.

The local opinion divided

The debate must nevertheless continue Tuesday before a third vote then the bill will go to the local House of Representatives, where a majority of two-thirds of elected officials is also required. The withdrawal of this confederate flag, regularly criticized by the black associations as symbolizing slavery is particularly requested since the massacre of nine blacks June 17, slaughtered in a Charleston church by a believer in white supremacy.

The Republican Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley called on June 22 last elected to vote the removal of the flag following the killing. The author of the bill, Democrat Vincent Sheheen, said Monday that the flag should be removed not because of the massacre of Charleston, but “because it’s the right decision,” , stressing how he divided local opinion.

The Democrat Joel Lourie denounced him a flag “horrible back memories of slavery and is the symbol of hatred and racism “, while others argued the unit found in the state. Several amendments were rejected, one calling for a referendum, another proposing that the flag be flown on each May 10, the day celebrating the Confederation of memory.

“Remove the flag will not change the nation “

The Republican Lee Bright, who ” remove the flag will not change the nation “, also proposed unsuccessfully that red military flag blue cross of St. Andrew, be replaced with the real official flag of the Confederacy, the “Stars and Bars” stars and stripes.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, civil rights activist, attended as a spectator in the debate on flag that has polarized the nation in recent weeks, President Barack Obama until his evoking a symbol of “generalized oppression” . Demonstrators were stationed in front of the government building, black activists denouncing a symbol of slavery while others, whites, ostensibly wore.

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