9 Tweets Showing S. Carolina's Hypocrisy In Flying The Confederate Flag
On Wednesday evening, nine people were shot and killed at Emanuel AME, an historic black church in South Carolina. The alleged shooter, Dylann Roof, is white, and the Charleston police chief has stated he believes this was a hate crime.
This narrative was reinforced by a female survivor, who says the shooter told the group,
Yet, in spite of all this, the Confederate flag was flying at full mast at the South Carolina statehouse on Thursday morning.
This is exceptionally insulting and insensitive. The Confederate flag was a symbol of the pro-slavery American South during the Civil War.
Subsequently, it's been a symbol of white supremacy and racism, flaunted by such groups as the Ku Klux Klan, among others. Not to mention, the suspected shooter, Dylann Roof, can be seen posing in front of a car with license plates bearing the Confederate flag.
Interestingly enough, on Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled Texas didn't violate the First Amendment when it wouldn't allow specialty license plates with the Confederate flag, the New York Times reports.
Texas, which is rarely viewed as being particularly progressive, argued the flag is offensive.
In the past, South Carolina's governor, Nikki Haley, has argued there's nothing wrong with flying the Confederate flag.
Proponents of the Confederate flag argue it's a symbol of Southern heritage. That may be true, but the harsh reality is the South's heritage is full of dark chapters, which the Confederate flag is inherently tied to, like slavery, racism, Jim Crow, and white supremacy.
Accordingly, many have taken to Twitter to expose the utter hypocrisy of the state of South Carolina for continuing to brandish this offensive and racist emblem.
Some have no sympathy for a publicly grieving governor who refuses to take down the Confederate flag.
Others see the flag as condoning what happened at the church.
Beyond the historical implications, there's a political and social context to all this.
Some have even compared the Confederate flag to the swastika, the symbol of Nazi Germany.
Is it any wonder this tragic incident occurred in a state that unabashedly displays a racist symbol in its capital?
Symbols have palpable consequences.
Flying the Confederate flag in the state capital undermines the government's legitimacy.
The war is over, the South lost, get over it.
It's time for the Confederate flag to go away, permanently.
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