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.
Of course, this event was really the second time the Confederate flag was removed in South Carolina by an act of government — but then again, video cameras weren’t around for the first one. So enjoy this one to your heart’s content.
Donald Trump is railing against immigrants trying to get into the country, meanwhile we’ve got conservative activists and officers of the court angling to get out. Misogyny, paranoia, xenophobia, oh my!
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.
The vote came after several hours of House members debating — and rejecting —a series of amendments that had been introduced to thwart the bill’s passage, or to soften the anti-Confederacy sentiment of the action.
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.
Perhaps a show about a lovable family of backwoods moonshiners — who evade the police on high-speed chases in a car painted with the Confederate flag — has simply gotten passed by in terms of what is actually acceptable.
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.