Governor Nikki Haley (R) of South Carolina said Monday that she wants the Confederate flag to no longer fly in front of the South Carolina State House, according to the New York Times. Haley, the first woman and person of color to govern South Carolina, said, “Today we are here in a moment of unity in our state, without ill will, to say it’s time to move the flag from the capitol grounds.” Conversation sparked about the Confederate flag when pictures of the South Carolina suspected gunman, Dylann Roof, surfaced with his holding the flag. Jon Stewart, in a segment of The Daily Show that was, in a rare demonstration of emotion, said “The Confederate flag flies over South Carolina, and the roads are named for Confederate generals, and the white guy is the one who feels like his country is being taken away from him.” On June 22nd, Governor Nikki R. Haley called for the flag’s removal, calling the flag a “deeply offensive symbol of a brutally offensive past,” according to the New York Times. While she acknowledged that some South Carolinians revere the flag because it is “way to honor ancestors,” she added that the flag “while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our great state.” Haley’s call for the flag’s removal has been echoed by former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who released a statement on Twitter for the removal of the flag in order to honor the Charleston victims by removing a historical symbol of racial hatred. His statement has been retweeted and favorited over 45,000 times, including by President Obama.
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