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A South Carolina state trooper stands at the bottom of a Confederate flag at the base of a confederate memorial in front of the South Carolina State House in Columbia, S.C. Republican Gov. Nikki Haley has called for the flag's removal. South Carolina lawmakers took a major step on Monday toward passing legislation to remove the Confederate battle flag that flies at the state capitol in Columbia and has long been denounced by critics as a symbol of slavery. Comment?
Heather Hansma is the manager of The Flag Shop in Calgary. On Tuesday she was asked by the owners of the store to removed the controversial Confederate flag from the store shelves. Comment?
Sonya Anderson attended a protest in Columbia, S.C., calling for the removal of the Confederate flag. South Carolina lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to consider removing the Confederate flag from their Statehouse grounds and other politicians took aim at Civil War-era symbols across the South, saying change is imperative after police said nine black churchgoers were slain in a hate crime. Comment?
The South Carolina and American flags flying at half-mast behind the Confederate flag in front of the State Congress building in Columbia, S.C., on June 19. For years, South Carolina lawmakers refused to revisit the Confederate flag on Statehouse grounds, saying the law that took it off the dome was a bipartisan compromise, and renewing the debate would unnecessarily expose divisive wounds. But opinions changed within five days of the massacre of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, as a growing tide of Republicans joined the call to remove the battle flag from a Confederate monument in front of the Statehouse and put it in a museum. Comment?
Once again, South Carolina has sunk back into the quagmire of its old quarrel about "that flag," which is, of course, really its older quarrel about the meaning of the Civil War. Just hours after the shooting of nine black worshippers at the historic "Mother" Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on Wednesday evening, there were fresh calls to "take it down!" The president of the NAACP, Cornell Brooks, standing in sweltering heat on the sidewalk outside his Charleston office roared that the flag was "an emblem of hate ... a tool of hate ... an inspiration to violence." Comment?
The steeple of Emanuel AME Church rises above the street as a police officer tells a car to move as the area is closed off following Wednesday's shooting, Thursday, June 18, 2015 in Charleston, S.C. The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the site of this week's shooting, is one of the oldest black churches in the South. One of their early members organized a failed slave uprising in the 1820s, causing white Supremacists to burn it down, though it was later rebuilt. Comment?
Neil Macdonald is the senior Washington correspondent for CBC News, which he joined in 1988 following 12 years in newspapers. Before taking up this post in 2003, Macdonald reported from the Middle East for five years. Comment?
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