Leading South Carolina Republicans joined calls to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds today after a young white man who embraced the banner as a symbol of white power was charged with murdering nine people inside their historic black church.
Some black people are of the opinion that the confederate flag represents the negative aspects of the history of the civil war while some see it as a symbol of their cultural heritage. There have been calls in the past that the flag be removed, but with the new killings at Charleston, the pressure has mounted.
There were speculations as to whether the Governor, Nikki Haley, would join in the fight to remove the flag. In a press statement called about 15 minutes ago, the governor announced that they are calling for removal of the flag. She further emphasized that because the flag is also seen as a symbol of heritage, those who want to keep the flag flying in their homes could do so, but the one placed at the state house of South Carolina should be removed in honour of the Nine people who died in Charleston.