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Saturday, October 22, 2016


On the South Carolina House floor, debate raged long into the night over a series of amendments introduced to thwart and delay passage of a bill to bring the Confederate flag off the State House grounds. An impassioned plea to pass the bill — unchanged — came from an unlikely corner: Jenny Horne, a Republican House member and descendant of Confederate States of America president Jefferson Davis.

With tears in her eyes, screaming at times, Horne implored her fellow state lawmakers to pass the bill without delay. “I cannot believe that we do not have the heart in this body to do something meaningful such as take a symbol of hate off these grounds on Friday. And if any of you vote to amend, you are ensuring that this flag will fly beyond Friday!”

Watch Horne’s speech in full — an extraordinary appeal for progress, reconciliation, and Southern pride at its best.

“I have heard enough about heritage!” she said. “I have a heritage. I am a lifelong South Carolinian. I am a descendant of Jefferson Davis. Okay? But that does not matter. It’s not about Jenny Horne. It’s about the people of South Carolina who have demanded that this symbol of hate come off of the State House grounds!”

Video via C-SPAN.

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  • Carolyn1520

    Bless her heart (and not the snarky way we all learned to used)
    She turned the tide and hopefully changed some hearts.
    Even better that flag won’t be flying when the KKK shows up for their little hate fest.

  • BiteMeLiberals

    Long live the CBF!!!!!!!!

    • irishtap

      Spoken like a simple minded heartless sob. That pretty much some it up?

      • BiteMeLiberals

        Still better than the Afro flag.

        • irishtap

          What has this extreme level of hate ever gotten you? There is no joy received from hate – only sadness and turmoil.

          • BiteMeLiberals

            Double-standard, so why hate the CBF?

          • irishtap

            It isn’t hypocricy to objectify racial intolerance stemming from an era when people were routinely whipped – raped – hung – from white masters. That is what that hideous flag represents.

          • BiteMeLiberals

            Apparently many blacks these days deserve a good whipping, you included.

          • irishtap

            Please don’t tell me this is your best attempt at intelligent conversation.

  • Lynda Groom

    Well done, spot on and way past due. I appauld her courage in the face of such resistance. It is way past time to reconcile the wounds of the Civil War, even in South Carolina.

  • idamag

    God Bless Jenny Horne. At last, an intelligent Republican and an honorable one. Jenny the South, and the rest of the nation, needs more people like you.