At least five people were arrested on Saturday as white-supremacist and African-American groups clashed outside the South Carolina State House, where the Confederate battle flag was removed last week after a half-century, authorities said.
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.
On this Fourth of July, in Lincoln’s own spirit of charity toward all and malice toward none, we ought to embrace those Republicans who have reaffirmed their loyalty to the one flag that represents all of us.
The president spoke of gun violence, the hunger of children, the brazen hatred that inspired the alleged shooter, yet it seemed fitting that he returned that night to a White House bathed in colors of the rainbow. One could almost see history making a great, wide turn toward freedom.
It may be considered an act of vandalism to take down the Confederate flag in South Carolina — but it is actually a special act of vandalism to raise that flag up on a particular memorial in Boston, Massachusetts.
In a video posted on YouTube, Bree Newsome grabbed the flag and cried out: “You come against me with hatred, and oppression and violence — I come against you in the name of God! This flag comes down today!”
Today, the Charleston massacre has left the Confederate flag standing irrevocably for the most brutal and criminal aspects of Southern heritage – and it is more deeply irreconcilable with American patriotism than ever.
Former Senator Jim Webb, who is exploring a candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, has made his chances sink even lower — by trying to mount some kind of measured defense of the Confederate flag.