South Carolina Senate to take down Confederate Flag


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The South Carolina Senate voted to take down the Confederate flag on Tuesday. The bill turned to the state’s House of Representatives on Wednesday, where no solution could be reached, according to CNN.
The bill passed Senate on Tuesday with a vote of 37-3. Debate will continue in the House of Representatives until a two-thirds majority vote is reached, according to NPR.When the decision is made, officials will remove the flag within 24 hours, according to the New York Times.
Conversation about taking down the Confederate flag started after Dylan Roof entered a Charleston, SC. church and fatally shot 9 people.State Representatives such as Lee Bright, say that the flag is part of South Carolina history and that removing the Confederate flag would be a disrespect to confederate soldiers, according to the New York Times.
Those in favor in removing the flag say that it is a symbol of racism and that removing the flag would help heal South Carolina after the Charleston Massacre.The currently proposed bill would remove the Confederate flag and place it in the state’s Confederate Relic room and Military Museum, according to NPR.

South Carolina lawmakers have proposed alternative bills, which include flying a different Confederate flag, or flying it only on Confederate Memorial Day.



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