The rebel flag has waved from the State House since 1961, when its placement seemed to coincide with a wave in the civil rights movement. Thirty years later, it was moved from the top of the capitol dome to a stationary pole in front of the building, and has remained there since then despite periodic bills from time to time calling for its complete removal.
The tragic Charleston massacre brought the issue to new light, though, after photos were found of admitted murderer Dylann Roof posing with the Confederate flag. And if Roof’s blatant racism wasn’t bad enough, it certainly got extra weight from a few die-hard neo-Confederates.
“(A)ll those that voted to take down the flag, well you gave in to the n*ggers … we will not forget none of you a**hole, we don’t need trash like you in SC(.)”
“I hate you and every other filthy n*gger in America. Lets hope ebola does what sickle cell anemia failed to do: exterminate every filthy n*gger baboon in America.
God bless David Duke, KKK, Buchanan and Roof”
“You are a piece of sh*t race baiting n*gger!!! Blue gummed mother f**ker! Go f**k yourself!”
"Shut up, n*gger"
At 1 a.m. on July 9, South Carolina’s state house voted 94-20 to remove the flag, 11 more votes than needed.
Gov. Nikki Haley signed the bill as promised, and the flag was removed from the grounds at 10 a.m. on July 10.