COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA — South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called to have the Confederate flag removed from the grounds outside the South Carolina state capitol building in Columbia, South Carolina.
This action is response to the great outpouring of the public to have the confederate flag removed in the wake of the mass murder of nine people inside the Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina. A Caucasian 21-year-old man was arrested on nine counts of murder for the massacre at the church.
Just last Friday, Governor Haley was not concerned about the Confederate flag because CEO’s have not been concerned about it. She said the controversial flag, that many in America consider a symbol of racism, has not kept companies wanting to locate in South Carolina from do so.
“What I can tell you is over the last three and a half years, I spent a lot of my days on the phones with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state. I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag,” she said.
The Confederate flag is “part of who we are,” US Senator Lindsey Graham, who represents South Carolina and is running for the Republican presidential nomination in the 2016 election, told CNN after last Wednesday’s shooting at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
All other flags on the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse were flying at half-staff, with the exception of the Confederate flag, which was still flying at full-staff earlier Monday.
It will take the South Carolina legislature to have the flag removed.
UPDATED: This article was updated at 6:42 pm – EDT on Monday, June 22, 2015.