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Mass murder at church in Charleston, SC, and the aftermath

Part 8 of 11: 2015
JUL-10: Flag removed at statehouse grounds.
JUL-18: Two competing rallies at the Statehouse.
JUL-30: Four rebel flags found on Atlanta church.

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2015-JUL-10: The flag was removed:

An honor guard of seven SC Highway Patrol officers marched to the fence surrounding the flag pole flying the rebel flag. At 10:08 EDT, one of them turned a crank that lowered the flag, to the loud applause by those present. The flag was respectfully removed, folded twice into a narrow band and then rolled up. Some observers chanted "USA ... USA." Others sang "Hey, hey, goodbye."

In what might have been an intentional symbolic act, a Ty-Rap® cable tie was wrapped around the flag. It appeared to be a standard police plastic Ty-Rap used to immobilize people after they are arrested. The flag was handed to a black officer. At 10:11, the squad marched away and gave the flag to a state archivist. 9

Yahoo News Video: 15:34 minutes. The action starts about half-way through the video:

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This concludes the flag's 54 year presence on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse grounds. It was first placed over the Statehouse dome in 1961 on the 100th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. It remained there as a protest against school racial integration/ It was moved during the year 2000 to a 30-foot (9 meter) flagpole on the Statehouse grounds beside a monument to Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War (a.k.a. the War or Northern Agression).

A symbol that is viewed by:

  • many whites as symbolizing southern heritage, and by

  • many blacks as symbolizing racism, slavery, Jim Crow laws, discrimination, oppression, and rebellion was gone from the capitol grounds.

Only an empty flag pole remains. The flag was taken to the Confederate Relic Museum and Military Museum a few blocks away where the it will be permanently housed in a multi-million dollar shrine. It will still be flown proudly by white supremacists. Meanwhile, the flag lives on in Europe. The design has been adopted there by racists and fascists. Since they have been prohibited from displaying the Nazi flag, they have chosen the rebel flag as the next best symbol of hatred.

No timetable has been set for the removal of the flagpole itself.

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2016-JUL-18: Two competing rallies clash at the South Carolina Statehouse:

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The first rally was sponsored by the Black Lawyers for Justice and Black Educators for Justice. These are two Florida organizations affiliated with the New Black Panther Party. It was held on the steps of the Statehouse.

The second rally was nearby and was sponsored by the Loyal White Knights, a North Carolina group affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan. According to a message recorded on their telephone answering service, the rally's intent was to stand up:

"...  for our Confederate history and all the Southerners who fought and died against federal tyranny. Our government is trying to erase white culture and our heritage right out of the pages of the history books. If you're white and proud, join the crowd."

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Unfortunately, the rally application by the KKK group specified that their rally was to begin one hour before the other rally was to end. This overlap of one hour almost guaranteed that some violence would occur: 12

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Fortunately, violence was kept to a minimum by the police.

and , writing for NBC News, said:

"About 50 members [of the KKK] descended on the Capitol steps waving the rebel banners — at least one of which included a Nazi symbol — and immediately began shouting racial slurs at attendees of an earlier 'Countering the Attack on Black Unity rally.' [The latter] ... protesters were moved behind barricades, a distance away from the Statehouse steps, where they yelled back at the pro-Confederate flag group.

Within about an hour, everyone was ushered away from the Capitol by dozens of law enforcement officers, many outfitted in bullet-proof vests, helmets and camouflage. At least one physical scuffle broke out, and some people who got a hold of a Confederate flag tore it into several pieces." 13

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This topic continues in Part 9

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Ishaan Tharoor, "Is it time for the Confederate flag to be as taboo as the Nazi swastika?," Washington Post, 2015-JUN-24, at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/
  2. Ari Phillips, "Sick Of Waiting, Woman Takes Down South Carolina Confederate Flag Herself," Think Progress, 2015-JUN-27, at: http://thinkprogress.org/
  3. "#KeepItDown Confederate Flag Takedown," You Tube, 2015-JUN-27, at: https://youtu.be/
  4. "South Carolina House Approves Bill to Remove Confederate Flag," ABC News, 2015-JUL-09, at: http://abcnews.go.com/
  5. Chris Sosa, "South Carolina Senate Votes to Remove Confederate Battle Flag," Care1, 2015-JUL-06, at: http://www.care2.com/
  6. Alan Blinder, "South Carolina votes to remove divisive flag," The Globe and Mail, 2-15=JUL-07, at: http://www.pressreader.com/
  7. Jeffrey Collins, "South Carolina House approves bill removing Confederate flag," Yahoo! News, 2015-JUL-09, at: http://news.yahoo.com/
  8. As viewed live on CNN by the author.
  9. Leada Gore, "Congress votes to ban Confederate flags at federal cemeteries, national parks " Alabama Media Group, 2015-JUL-08, at: http://www.al.com/
  10. "Confederate flag removed from S.C. State House grounds," Yahoo!, 2015-JUL-10, at: http://news.yahoo.com/
  11. and , "Competing Rallies Between KKK and African American Group Protest in South Carolina," NBC News, 2015-JUL-19, at: http://www.nbcnews.com/
  12. , "KKK, Black Panther Groups to Hold Opposing Confederate Flag Rallies," Newsweek, 2015-JUL-18, at: http://www.newsweek.com/
  13. and , "Competing Rallies Between KKK and African American Group Protest in South Carolina," NBC News, 2015-JUL-19, at: http://www.nbcnews.com/

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Originally published: 2015-JUN-27
Last updated 2015-JUL-21
Author: Bruce A Robinson
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