Friday, July 10, 2015

South Carolina will remove the Confederate flag from their capitol grounds

But the flag issue is still a problem for the US House.

NY Times reports on the SC action.

South Carolina, the first state to secede from the union, dispatched with a lasting symbol of the Civil War on Thursday as Gov. Nikki R. Haley signed a law removing the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the State House.

The flag, which flies in front of the graceful 19th-century capitol building here, is set to come down at 10 a.m. Friday.

Ms. Haley, a Republican, signed the bill in a capitol building where, the night before, members of the House of Representatives had engaged in a 13-hour legislative argument over the flag, which was introduced on capitol grounds by white lawmakers in the early 1960s at the height of anti-integration sentiment.

Representative Christopher A. Corley, Republican of Aiken County, called the debate over removing the flag "the most emotional issue our state will ever deal with."

But the issue is not dead in our nation's capitol. NY Times reports on the wrangling in the US House about the Confederate flag in our national cemeteries.

Republican leaders on Thursday abruptly yanked an environmental spending bill from the House floor before a final vote amid a storm of protest over an amendment that would have allowed Confederate flags at federal cemeteries.

"Don’t Republicans understand that the Confederate flag is an insult to 40 million African-Americans and many other fair-minded Americans?" [Representative G. K. Butterfield, Democrat of North Carolina, and the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus ] said, directing his remarks to Representative Ken Calvert, Republican of California, the sponsor of the amendment.

"That bill is going to sit in abeyance until we come to some resolution," said Speaker John A. Boehner, pledging to convene a bipartisan group to deal with confederate symbols.

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