South Carolina Governor: Confederate Flag Comes Down Friday
By Jeffrey Collings and Meg Kinnard
South Carolina's governor signed a law Thursday relegating the Confederate flag to the state's "relic room" more than 50 years after the rebel banner was raised at the Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement.
Compelled to act by the slaughter of nine African-Americans in their church, Gov. Nikki Haley praised lawmakers for acknowledging that the long-celebrated symbol is too painful and divisive to keep promoting.
"The Confederate flag is coming off the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse," Haley said. "We will bring it down with dignity and we will make sure it is stored in its rightful place."
In Late-Night Move, House GOP Rallies To Defend Confederate Flag
By Caitlin MacNeal
In a sudden late-night reversal Wednesday, House Republicans unexpectedly rallied to the defense of the Confederate flag. The surprise move came just one day after the House passed Democratic amendments to restrict the display of the flag on federal lands and to limit the sale of items with the notorious icon at national parks, Roll Call reported.
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) announced the course change Wednesday evening, telling a nearly empty chamber that House Republicans had scheduled a vote for Thursday to undo the Democratic amendments, which were made to the Interior spending bill on Tuesday.
The move caught Democrats off guard. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) quickly opposed the new amendment and said on the House floor that she "cannot hide my surprise and my outrage," according to Roll Call.
"After the murder of nine black parishioners, I never thought that the U.S. House of Representatives would join those who would want to see this flag flown by passing an amendment to ensure" the flag can be displayed, she said.
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) called on lawmakers to "reject this disgraceful gambit," according to Roll Call.