Later this afternoon South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will announce her support for the removal of the Confederate flag from the state house grounds in Columbia. Lindsey Graham will also make the same announcement after his earlier and even expected waffling. Additional calls for its removal have come from other state politicians as well as the president of the University of South Carolina.
It should come as no surprise that I applaud this move and even consider it a courageous decision. Republicans and other conservative voices will have to deal with the fallout from their constituents who continue to identify with the flag.
But make no mistake: It is the right decision. Continue reading “Nikki Haley and Lindsey Graham To Call For Removal of Confederate Flag”
In the wake of the horrible shooting in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday evening there is a growing chorus calling for the removal of the Confederate from the statehouse grounds in Columbia. A petition is now circulating, which includes 215,000 signatures calling for the flag’s removal and State Representative, Norman Brannon, a Republican announced that he will introduce a bill to make it a reality.
Beyond South Carolina, Mitt Romney called for its removal. In an interview Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts offered the tired response that this is a local issue that the citizens of South Carolina need to decide. True enough, but that does not give anyone – least of all a sitting governor – the right to push the issue aside. This is the time for good people to be counted. We are past the point of trying to assuage constituencies for political reasons with vague platitudes. Continue reading “The Confederate Flag’s Heritage of Hate”
Earlier today the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against the SCV, which sued the state of Texas for denying its petition for a specialty license plate that includes a Confederate battle flag. This comes on the same day that a twenty-one year old white South Carolinian man was arrested for allegedly murdering nine African Americans while worshiping last night in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. Continue reading “Sons of Confederate Veterans LOSE in High Court”
… in a church that was founded by Denmark Vesey.
… just a few miles from the opening salvo of a rebellion intended to establish a slaveholding republic.
… just up the road from Columbia, where a Confederate flag still flies on the capitol grounds
… – a street named after one of the intellectual architects of white supremacy.
The University of Virginia has announced that it will establish a new Center for Civil War History made possible by John Nau III, who is a UVA alumnus and an outgoing member of the school’s Board of Visitors.
The $13 million will support the center as well as “an endowed professorship, an endowed graduate fellowship, a postdoctoral fellowship, scholarship funds, a book prize and travel funds for research, as well as other means to support faculty and students.” Many of you know that Nau established an endowed chair in UVA’s history department that is currently filled by Gary Gallagher. Continue reading “Why UVA’s New Center For Civil War History Matters”