Just hours after two activists were arrested for taking down the Confederate flag in South Carolina, dozens of supporters of the flag rallied at the State House Saturday morning, calling on lawmakers to reject a call to remove the banner from the grounds of the capitol.
Look at ’em all! There must be a dozen of em.
USA Today reports, “Ryan Hughes, one of those who attended, said flag opponents aren’t taking the symbol’s representation of Southern history into account.”
“They are wrong,” Hughes said. “They need a history lesson. They need to go back and look at what this flag really stands for, and that is states rights. That’s freedom from tyranny. That’s freedom from subjugation from the federal government.”
Also at the rally, anti-flag demonstrators joined in and debated the flag-humpers.
Things remained civil, although the debate became heated at times.
An example of ‘heated but civil’:
A baby Confederate also attended the rally. This is the saddest picture of them all.
Wrapped in the flag:
— Chad Mills (@ChadMillsWIS) June 27, 2015
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called on lawmakers to remove the Confederate flag in response to the nine people slaughtered at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
Dylann Roof, a white supremacist, shot down nine innocent people as they attended Bible study at the church. Roof was seen in widely circulated pictures brandishing the Confederate flag.
Haley failed to have the flag removed or even lowered in time for Rev. Clementa Pinkney’s funeral, a victim of the hate-crime. Pinkney was a democratic lawmaker, too.
Hate groups adopted the flag years ago.
A store owner in Missouri which sells confederate flags and garments recently said that it does not represent racism. After that report, she found to have ties to the Ku Klux Klan.
She said the flag is about ‘Southern culture.’
Those attending the pro-Confederate rally are saying the same thing.
In contrast, Bree Newsome has become a heroic figure after taking down the Confederate flag.
‘Well-behaved women seldom make history.’
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