Lindsay Graham and Nikki Haley

That flag you love to hate might be coming down.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the confederate flag during a press conference today. South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham is also calling for the flag to come down from its lofty perch above the state capitol.

During the press conference, Haley said the time has come to remove the flag from the statehouse grounds. "The flag will always be a part of the soil of South Carolina," she said.

"For those who wish to show their respect for the flag on their private property, no one will stand in your way. But the statehouse is different… Today we are here in a moment of unity in our state, without ill will, to say it's time to move the flag from the capitol grounds."

Her words were met with sustained applause from lawmakers and city residents in attendance.

Haley acted in response to protestors who say the confederate flag symbolizes hate and oppression after the massacre at a historic black church last week.

Haley also addressed Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old white supremacist who gunned down 9 black church members at Mother Emanuel AME Church last week.

"The murderer now locked up in Charleston said he hoped his actions would start a race war. We have an opportunity to show that not only was he wrong, but that just the opposite is happening. My hope is that by removing the symbol that divides us, we can move forward as a state in harmony, and we can honor the nine blessed souls who are no win Heaven."

That doesn't mean the flag is definitely coming down any time soon. The governor says she has the authority to call the general assembly back into session to "debate" on removing the flag.

In other words, Haley is making politically expedient statements to appease protestors. But her words will likely fall on deaf ears.

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    • Dollface

      Sad it took 9 lives and almost a decade later for someone in a leadership role makes this conclusion.

    • Cheddup Already Damn

      Lettuce see how this plays out....
      The real racists and bigots should be showing their faces in 5,4,3,2,1

      ??

    • PhenomenalWomanThatIsMe

      It's coming down. The flag is absolutely a symbol of oppression and institutionalized racism. Hopefully, the deaths of those 9 genuinely good people (by all accounts) will not be for naught.

    • howard_student

      I prefer for it to stay up. So, I can be reminded to never set foot in that city or state. Besides taking it down will not slove anything. Hatred towards Blacks is a deep rooted problem that will take years to fix. Removing a flag will do nothing, if anything it will hide the racist even more.

    • Buttercup

      Political move *yawn* It shouldn't have made a return in the '40s in the first place. You don't really care, Gov. Haley. You need more people.

    • Elevated Soul

      I see no difference between the Confederate flag and the American Flag.Both are symbols of oppression nationally and internationally.

    • Buttercup

      So, the Swastika is banned in Germany. What do pro-Nazis use during protests? The confederate flag.

    • Linda NaeNae Owens

      Amen ABSOLUTE truth

    • Femme404

      This comment almost pissed me off.

    • Elevated Soul

      My comment will only piss off those who have not been oppressed by these symbols...

      Red= Blood
      White-Oppressor
      Blue= Blues

      Internationally the American Flag is seen no differently than The Confederate flag.

    • Femme404

      Exactly.

    • Enoughsaid2020

      This flag should have come down years ago, it takes more people to die every year, for them to finally realized the evil this flag represents! SMH!

    • Monday

      Why they call the KKK white supremacists instead of white terrorists??

    • Chellie141508

      I agree it's coming down might take a minute but it's coming down..and she is only bending to the pressure of the protest..but whatever it takes

    • Chellie141508

      Are you American?

    • jusstlooking

      Ditto, Agree, Concur, You right, Yes, Yep

      The FLAG MUST COME DOWN. Unfortunately, we can't take down racists attitudes.

    • jusstlooking

      Yes, it is very racists. Europe is more racists than America. Previously I wanted to go to Paris. For what? To spend my BLACK DOLLARS.

      #BLACKDOLLARSCOUNT

    • jusstlooking

      Hey Buttercup :kiss:

    • jusstlooking

      :kiss:

    • Cheddup Already Damn

      COOKING ?

      And I just hVe to say this... Had the shooter been a black man or a Muslim mans and shot and killed 9 Caucasian people, he would have been branded the worst of the worst names.

      There would be no calm, like there is now. This is bullshatt. I'm glad that our President is speaking on the race relations of the past few hundred years. ??

    • jusstlooking

      Well, not a expert, but I believe because of the grounds of which he did vs of why Timothy McVeigh blew up the building in OK City.

    • jusstlooking

      Since I' crazy... Just a few months back. Do remember saying that folks would be trying to start a race war.

    • Cheddup Already Damn

      Yep yep

      ??

    • jusstlooking

      I agree with you partially; it should be taken down. However; if you are black. You will always be reminded of your blackness in the south and anywhere; a white person decides to remind you.

    • jusstlooking

      Guess I'll write Thank you letter..

      Where is y our alter ego, DTTS and Luvnlife (SIDEYE)

    • KDub

      Fugg American.

      Are you black?

    • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

      ?? The flag and the constitution was never made for us.

    • KDub

      In light of the attacks in Charleston, Russell Moore, president of the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, is calling for Christians in the South to forsake their cultural ties to the Confederate flag.
      “The Confederate Battle Flag was the emblem of Jim Crow defiance to the civil rights movement, of the Dixiecrat opposition to integration, and of the domestic terrorism of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Citizens’ Councils of our all too recent, all too awful history,” Moore wrote last week in an op-ed. “White Christians ought to think about what that flag says to our African-American brothers and sisters in Christ, especially in the aftermath of yet another act of white supremacist terrorism against them.”

    • KDub

      And a damn white woman wrote that.

      Article is: How White Christians Used The Bible -- And Confederate Flag -- To Oppress Black People

    • Sassy

      The flag may come down but confederate memorial day is still a national holiday the last Monday in April in the south

    • Nataliegaye

      I will say for the governor she seemed genuinely affected by this tragedy. Not just spewing talking points like some of these other folks but truly affected so Kudos to her for moving forward with this decision

    • Sassy

      So diddy done went with his hood ish to UCLA and now sitting in a cell, smh. Cmon diddy you should be paying goons to rough up nuccas and wait till its dark ?

    • KDub

      Even fuggin white folks are coming out saying the Confederate Battle Flag in SC is wrong. And been saying it. Loudly. For years. If you do the homework, there was a govenor there in SC in the 90's who tried to get it gone. Reponse to him? His azz got booted out.

      "Gov. Beasley, during his first term, said God told him to get the flag removed. Yes, a Christian, Republican governor in a state on the buckle of the Bible Belt invoked his sincerely-held religious beliefs to argue for the removal of the flag. The response?

      He was booted out of office after one term"

    • Let Your Soul Glow

      I read an excerpt of this over the weekend. Very thought provoking! ??

    • AllmylifeIhadtofight

      They must celebrate that in SC cause I ain't never heard of recognizing that day in Al/Ga or Tn

    • KDub

      She JUST voted to damn KEEP it flying back in October. 8 months ago.

      Maybe now she feels like an azz is what I gather.

    • Cheddup Already Damn

      If they vote, it's gonna show that they still want that flag UP

      ??

    • Yes, I’m That Leah

      About 8 years ago, I was considering moving to Charleston...but then I remembered that they still had that flag up.

    • Cheddup Already Damn

      Say WATT now (((pop-?)))

    • Cheddup Already Damn

      They are full of it.

    • KDub

      They just voted in Oct to keep it. So now folks get killed... and they magically want it gone...or are they feeling pressure and feeling dumb as hell?

      Or both?

    • Buttercup

      Mama Butter worked for the State of Georgia for over 15 years, and they observed Confederate Memorial Day :yes:

    • Sassy

      Its in Ga state employees get it every year

    • Buttercup

      I'll take both for 200, Alex

    • Cheddup Already Damn

      Both and they don't want a revolution ??

    • AllmylifeIhadtofight

      Girl I just googled it. It's not a federal holiday. Funny ish is every state celebrates it on different dates. TN is June 3. I asked my mom who works at DFACS in GA she said she don't remember it being called that. I know we wasn't out of school for it. Thanks for that nugget.

    • Cheddup Already Damn

      ????(I think)

    • Sassy

      Yes apparently the coach was screaming at Justin and Puff went in the back to show him what he's not gonna do Puff style aka grab a nucca round the collar and proceed to bust him upside the head. Needless to say cops were called and campus police got him still locked up. But puff probably chillin in the cell and ish

    • KDub

      Pop quiz: what was the last state to make MLK Day a state holiday?

      Hint: it wasn't Arizona!

    • Cheddup Already Damn

      You can Thank Me in the form of FOOD. I'll take MsTake's portion since she still in the County...
      Kona

    • AllmylifeIhadtofight

      Shid mine worked at DFACS and now the housing Anthority she said they must didn't call it that. But I don't question my paid off days......?

    • Sassy

      Probably SC and even though its a holiday many colleges don't or didn't recognize it

    • AllmylifeIhadtofight

      Wait what!

    • Sassy

      Yup it was April 20th this year in GA

    • KDub

      Kinda like he beat Steve Stoute ass over "Hate Me Now" video?

    • Cheddup Already Damn

      Ahhhhh Puffy done jooked somebody up by they collar! ???

    • Sassy

      Lol or bytch slap Drake cause he rapped over a beat rather than ghost writing for him ?

    • Sassy

      Yes its all over emz

    • Buttercup

      I remember they referred to it as Confederate Memorial Day. I question my days off. MLK isn't a day our offices are closed, but it is a floating holiday. I look at things like that when I have job offers. Matter of fact, let me start a conversation on Juneteenth being at least a floating holiday :lol:

    • KDub

      And it was recent. Not like it happened in the 80's.

      Mid year 2000. 15 years ago folks. But SC isn't racist by flying a flag of oppression?

      Ok.

    • KDub

      Not his first time???

    • Sassy

      Not surprised I went to college upstate NY and the community college didn't even have it off up to 2005.

    • http://realitytea.com/ Lady Chatterley’s Lover

      Yeah that's what they're saying in the living room. Everyone knows it's only what you say in the kitchen that matters.

    • Sassy

      Confederate day is not even a floating holiday but President day is at the state level in GA

    • KDub

      Chile it's one here who cussed me out days after a post here...over she wear her Confederate flag proudly as a 28 yo black woman. Bitch probably lurking. I'm praying her ass come out for this. I owe her a verbal lashing. And...I'm petty.

    • Sassy

      I always say look at the overwhelming number of votes a state gives to the tea party and that basically tells you how racist they are

    • <3 LoveDreamLive <3

      ...

    • KDub

      Chile he a thug. Smdh.

    • Elevated Soul

      I was born in America and I live in America...I'm a member of a race that is born a suspect,so that would make me a "suspect in America as opposed to being American...

    • KDub

      ????

    • <3 LoveDreamLive <3

      #PREACH .....Keep dropping those #FACTS

    • KDub

      Article excerpt I posted called they asses what you just said sis. Terrorists

    • Elevated Soul

      Europe is not as racist as America is...yes there are issues there but they don't even scratch the surface of racism in America...

    • Buttercup

      ???

    • lil goodie

      I live near where this is and sad to say this will never happen... ms.sandra is right..deaf ears..

    • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

      No, she don't want this in her backyard.

    • KDub

      I'm in NC. We do not recognize this holiday. Not ever in my lifetime. Far as like being off etc. It's on calendar. But it don't mean ish. Which says alot for us, cause Lord knows we racist too. Eons away from SC THOUGH. We hate even being associated with those bigots.

    • KDub

      You know it!

    • lil goodie

      She is just saying it to keep us quite..Not going to work...

    • KDub

      Yes. To prevent even more spotlight on them.

    • KDub

      Bama gets it off too no?.Jefferson Davis Birthday. Who was President of what?

      Confederate States

    • KDub

      Jefferson Davis Birthday.

    • KDub

      At paper we could take any day as floating holiday. Just had to be a REAL holiday. White folks took St. Patrick's Day and Halloween. We took either MLK Day or Juneteenth??

    • wonderwoman

      Why is it just being talked about. It should have been talked about coming down along time ago. It took some asshole to kill 9 innocent people for the governor, senators, and the people of SC to start talking about the Confederate flag coming down.

    • lil goodie

      Just as trick Haley said this killer should get the death penalty(she didn't mean that either).. I agree he should have death penalty but she just said it to calm us down.. this chick has zero fu#ks to give.. she knows damn well he will not get the death penalty because they keep saying that he is crazy due to his actions before the murders. I'm sorry for this you guys but I live in sc.. and honestly the flag don't have a damn thing to do with the black hate crimes here...

    • AllmylifeIhadtofight

      It says the first Monday in June. It's a state holiday. Guess I was thinking federal.

    • KDub

      Onliest reason I knew about Bama, is cause almost all cousins my age work for state lol.

    • jusstlooking

      Hugs

    • AllmylifeIhadtofight

      So another one of Lamar Odom's bffs died of a drug overdose. Well they said Jamie didn't die from an overdose he had a flesh eating disease from dirty needles.

    • jusstlooking

      That so sad.

      Hey Khaki

    • Let Your Soul Glow

      Wow. Sad for him and their loved ones. Hopefully it's a wake up call for him.

    • AllmylifeIhadtofight

      Hey boo!! How are you?

    • AllmylifeIhadtofight

      Walmart is removing all Confederate flags from shelves and website.

    • AllmylifeIhadtofight

      Hopefully. You know sometimes it pushes them over.

    • Him Paino

      If they're smart they will leave that flag alone. They ban that flag and I guarantee you. All you know what WILL break loose.People on the cnn face book page already showing they true colors on a post about this and they are angry.

    • CaramelDrop

      Nothing to see here folks.... Nikki lies more than a crackhead in rehab.... Auntie I think I read somewhere she's a narcissist too.

      Flag doesn't bother me at all - number one way to identifiy a PROUD racist SOB if u ask me.

    • jusstlooking

      Chile, trying to stay cool like ICED TEA.

    • Queen Negus

      ??where she at?? I got your back?

    • Chellie141508

      I agree she is doing what she feels she has to do politically...she don't really give a ish..that flag was flying when she took office ..if she was so affected by this flag she wouldn't represent this state...

    • Queen B

      Im confused as to y it was still up n the first place

    • iWasteTime

      Now, Take down the flaf, rename evertyhing that had plantation, mammy and sambo in it and maybe, just maybe we'll believe you.

    • Sassy

      So diddy went ham on the asst coach with a kettle bell ????

    • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

      Bait and switch.

      Black people are too quick to settle for a symbolic victory.

      I understand what this means to the Civil Rights generation, but we as blacks need to think more strategically and about more tangible manifestations like increased funding of black schools and employment programs for inner cities.

      I can hear some of the crispy crackers now-what else do they want?

    • Sankara&Lumumba

      what it gotta do with anythin he said?

    • Sankara&Lumumba

      Bro, you got an AMAZING MIND

      TOTAL RESPECT.

    • Sankara&Lumumba

      On the contrary, EUROPE is EXTREMELY RACIST...Do you know that a LANDLORD in FRANCE can freely say they don't rent out their apartment or house to BLACKS and ARABS without fear of any repercussion whatsoever?

      Blacks get the lowest paid jobs ever, no matter how highly educated they are, yet Europe keep singing that tired azz kumbaya "we are all equal" song....Don't even get me started with them fukkin Italians with their bananas throwing at Black folk in BROAD DAY FUKKIN LIGHT.

    • 1/8

      This is the same woman who said the confederate flag wasn't an issue, because it wasn't hurting her efforts to bring jobs to her state. She also said discrimination was no longer a problem in South Carolina, because she is the state's first Indian American governor.

      It sounds like her decisions are based on how the issues effect her.

    • shawny

      There is a sign of the sons of coonfederate up the street from me. It is fading too. It has been up for some time and no one has spray painted it or taken it down. I hate it

    • Prettyreddbone?

      I must agree with you. It's beginning to feel like the pre civil rights era here in America. One of my theories is that people's suppressed racist inclinations were bought to a head because there is a black/mixed race president.

    • toni walker

      Why did you click on the post if it does not bother you?

    • CaramelDrop

      Toni Walker please STFU asking stupid questions. The question is why in hell are you responding back to me? I clicked because I felt like it, I responded the way I chose. Sandra is not bothered by my comment so take your dusty ass on and bother someone else..... Before I fire your ass up and have you looking for my address.

      No carry on simpleass Toni Walker.