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Guess which flag isn’t flying at half-staff over the South Carolina statehouse

Back during the campaign for governor of South Carolina in 2014, Democratic candidate Vincent Sheheen called for removing the Confederate flag from the grounds of the statehouse. But the soon-to-be GOP governor Nikki Haley blew off his comments as coming from a sinking candidate who had run out of talking points.


Back during the campaign for governor of South Carolina in 2014, Democratic candidate Vincent Sheheen called for removing the Confederate flag from the grounds of the statehouse. But the soon-to-be GOP governor Nikki Haley blew off his comments as coming from a sinking candidate who had run out of talking points.

“What I can tell you is over the last three and a half years, I spent a lot of my days on the phones with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state,” Haley said. “I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag.”

Fast forward to 2015, a white man holding a gun walks into an iconic black church and kills 9 people – including a prominent black state senator – and the Confederate flag still flies proudly over the statehouse the day after.

Last night, Haley wrote on Facebook, “We’ll never understand what motivates anyone to enter one of our places of worship and take the life of another.”

From Jezebel’s Jia Tolentino:

Haley seems confused, or something—but the rest of us could easily leap to the possibility that a racist murderer might be highly motivated by a number of things, such as racism, as well as a desire to murder, and also maybe a governor who is like, “What I can tell you about this slave-state white supremacy symbol officially sponsored by my administration is that CEOs think it’s pretty chill.”

Interestingly, the American and state flag are at half-staff over the House, but the Confederate flag still reportedly flies high atop its pole.

South Carolina Confederate flag

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  1. okhomejames

    June 18, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Half-mast is a sign of respect and mourning. The Confederate flag is in a state of neither.

  2. Nigeria Riggins

    June 19, 2015 at 3:15 am

    Thank you for this article. My former teacher brought me to this site. I’m so over the years of disrespect and inhumane treatment. I’m done.

  3. Snert

    June 19, 2015 at 3:35 am

    I wouldn’t wipe my ass with that rag if I were out of toilet paper.

  4. Melanie

    June 19, 2015 at 3:43 am

    Shame on South Carolina for still allowing a symbol that represents such hatred to so many to fly on government property. I don’t care how nostalgic they believe it is. Nostalgia of what? A horrific part of American history every single one of us should agree was inhumane and completely immoral. Are we not a free country yet in 2015? Isnt freedom for ALL what we boast about to the world

  5. John Heinmiller

    June 19, 2015 at 4:47 am

    “What I can tell you is over the last three and a half years, I spent a lot of my days on the phones with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state,” Haley said. “I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag.”

    Those CEO’s may not have talked about the Confederate flag, but you can bet your sweet arse that those CEO’s were THINKING about that Confederate flag.

  6. Ed

    June 19, 2015 at 6:19 am

    Hatred?…your perception?…my perception?
    WHO’S PERCEPTION?

    Ask the Native Americans WHICH FLAG represents hatred?

    …doubt you get my point!

  7. Mitch Thompson

    June 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    First state to secede from Union. Coincidence?

  8. Brad Welch

    June 19, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    The flag shouldn’t be flying there, not just because of its association with racism, but because the Confederacy no longer exists and South Carolina is no longer part of it.

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