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Southern states debate over Confederate flag

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Governors across the South of the United States are asking to remove Confederate flags from their capitol buildings, according to The Washington Post.

So far, South Carolina and Alabama have removed their confederate flags from their capitol buildings, according to The Washington Post.

Call for removing the symbolic flag came after Dylan Roof, 20, entered a church in Charleston, South Carolina, and fatally shot nine people in what has been called an act of racism, according to CNN.

2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said the Confederate flag should be taken down from the South Carolina state capitol, according to The New York Times.

“Take down the at the SC Capitol. To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred. Remove it now to honor victims,” said Romney on his Twitter account.

Passion for removing the flag surged after photos of Roof posing with a Confederate flag surfaced after investigations, according to CNN.

Tennessee and Virginia are discussing eliminating the option to place the Confederate flag on custom license plates, according to The Washington Post.

One high school in Fort Smith, Arkansas, announced it will remove its mascot, the Rebel, and changed its theme song in light of the tragedy, according to the Arkansas Times.

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