In a 37-3 South Carolina Senate ruling, the final approval was given to a bill, in regards to removing the Confederate flag from a pole in front of the Statehouse.
Tuesdays vote came after a debate where several senators said they had come to understand why their black colleagues felt the flag was representing racism. Over the last few weeks authorities said a gunman, opened fire inside a black church, June 17, killing nine people. He was photographed holding a Confederate flag and burning an American flag, and that was enough for the states to start taking these flags down.
This bill will now be sent to the House, and that debate will most likely begin Wednesday. Republicans met Monday, in confidentiality, and struggled to reach a verdict on what to do next.
An idea being thrown around is to keep the pole and represent it with a different flag, the U.S. flag, the South Carolina flag, or a flag that has been flown by Confederate troops, but not entirely as detailed and powerful as the red banner with the blue cross and white stars.
Democrats have another idea in mind, and they’re saying the flag, and flagpole must go, House Minority Leader, Todd Rutherford shared.
“It will become the new symbol,” Rutherford, D-Columbia, said of any flag that goes up beside the monument to Confederate soldiers. “It will be the new vestige of racism.”
Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, and business leaders agree. If the bill is passed and Haley signs off on it, the flag will be lowered and shipped to the state’s Confederate Relic Room.