WE THE PEOPLE Petition: Remove the Conferderate Rebel Flag from State House Grounds
Force the state of South Carolina to remove the Confederate Rebel Flag from the State House grounds.
With the recent events in Charleston, South Carolina at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church, the symbol in which this act of terrorism was committed was through the representation of the Confederate Rebel flag. We ask President Barack Obama to have the flag removed from the South Carolina State House grounds and from all governmental buildings. It epitomizes hate and destruction of a much darker time.
Obama thinks Confederate flag ‘belongs in a museum
6/19/15 By Jordan Fabian – TheHill
President Obama believes the Confederate flag “belongs in a museum,” the White House said Friday amid calls for it to be taken down, following a mass shooting in South Carolina.
“The president has said before he believes the Confederate flag belongs in a museum, and that is still his position,” spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters aboard Air Force One.
A mass shooting at a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C., has renewed the debate over whether the Confederate battle flag should continue to fly in the state.
The suspected shooter, Dylann Storm Roof, reportedly drove a car with Confederate flag license plates.
And while the U.S. and South Carolina flags were lowered to half-staff following the shooting, the Confederate flag that flies near the state capitol flew at full height, a move that drew criticism.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s office said Thursday she could not lower the flag without approval from the state legislature. The GOP governor has dismissed calls to remove it in the past.
Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), the Palmetto State’s former governor, said talking about removing the flag is like “opening Pandora’s Box.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), a 2016 presidential candidate, called the Confederate banner “part of who we are” as South Carolinians.
NAACP President Cornell Brooks said Friday the flag must come down. He criticized those who say it’s simply a symbol of the state’s history, calling it an “emblem of hate.”
“When we see that symbol lifted up as an emblem of hate, as a tool of hate, as an inspiration for hate, as an inspiration for violence, that symbol has to come down,” he said Friday in Charleston.
Obama first called for the Confederate flag to be retired to a museum in 2007 during his campaign for president, months before their South Carolina primary.
- June 22 Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) calls for the Confederate flag to be taken down from the grounds of the State Capitol
- June 22 WalMart and Sears pull the confederate flag from their stock
- June 23 Virginia governor orders Confederate flag removed from license plates
- June 23 Amazon pulls the confederate flag from their stock
- June 23 Major U.S. flag (Valley Forge Flag) maker to stop making Confederate flags
- June 23 EBay to ban Confederate flag listings
- June 23 Etsy Bans Confederate Flags
- June 24 Annin Flagmakers maker to stop making Confederate flags
- June 24 Eder Flag Manufacturing maker to stop making Confederate flags
- June 24 Dixie Flag Manufacturing Company says they will stop making Confederate flags
- June 24 Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley Orders Confederate Flags Taken Down From State Capitol
- June 24 U.S. Senator Roger Wicker is calling for Mississippi to change its state flag
- June 29 National Park Service ceased flying Confederate flags over Fort Sumter
- July 9 Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) signs a bill authorizing the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Capitol grounds. This comes a day after the State House voted 94-20 to remove the flag. The flag will be removed Friday, July 10, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. ET.
- July 10 South Carolina State Capitol Confederate Flag Removal Ceremony
- June 2016 Southern Baptist Convention voted to condemn displays of the Confederate battle flag, denouncing it as a widely perceived symbol “of hatred, bigotry, and racism, offending millions of people.”