Governor Robert Bentley of Alabama has ordered that the four Confederate flags on the state Capitol, Montgomery, are to be officially taken down on Wednesday morning.
Ever since the shooting that happened a week ago, killing 9 people, in Charleston, South Carolina by a white gunman, this flag seems to be the talk of it all.
Dylann Roof, the shooter, was seen in photographs with Confederate flag material and supposedly attacked his victims due to their race. That’s where Bentley’s decision came into play, because critics are now saying that this flag is symbolizing a legacy of racism.
“This is the right thing to do. We are facing some major issues in this state regarding the budget and other matters that we need to deal with,” Bentley shared. “This had the potential to become a major distraction as we go forward. I have taxes to raise, we have work to do. And it was my decision that the flag needed to come down.”
This happened in response to the Charleston assassination, in order to avoid political fights that will come about over this emblem.
Nikki Haley, South Carolina governor, also shared this week that she’s looking for her state to take down its Confederate flag, even if it could take weeks.