In a historic moment late last night the South Carolina House of Representatives voted to remove the Confederate Flag. The Senate passed a measure to remove the flag earlier in the week. Now the bill goes to Gov. Nikki Haley to signed into law which she is widely expected to do. She has been very vocal about the support of the removal. The final vote was 94-20.
The flag has been flown at South Carolina Capitol since 1961 has long been a symbol of hatred, bigotry and racism. The flag debate was reignited after the fatal shootings of nine black churches by Dylan Roof who was pictured draped in a Confederate Flag on a white supremacist website.
“South Carolina can remove the stain from our lives,” said 64-year-old Rep. Joe Neal, a black Democrat first elected in 1992. “I never thought in my lifetime I would see this.”