From the Washington Post:
In calling Monday for the removal of the flag from the grounds of the South Carolina capitol, Gov. Nikki Haley (R) — the daughter of Indian immigrants — stood alongside dozens of influential South Carolina figures in a striking tableau of the state’s modern-day ethnic and political diversity.
“A hundred and fifty years after the end of the Civil War, the time has come,” she said.
Yet others continue to defend the flag:
South Carolina state Sen. Lee Bright (R), a state co-chairman for the presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), called the proposal a “Stalinist purge.”
Amazon registered a surge of buyers of Confederate-themed merchandise in the hours before the company decided to stop selling it.
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh told his listeners Tuesday that the effort to get rid of the flag is aimed at “destroying the South as a political force,” and he predicted, “The next flag that will come under assault, and it will not be long, is the American flag.”
The fact is that governments can ban the confederate flag, and stores can stop selling it, but racism in this country will never disappear. Sadly, it’s as American as baseball and apple pie–a cultural heritage passed down from one racist to another.