Brianna Smith of WPDE said the main topic of the forum was to decide “where” the flag should be displayed and if South Carolina should recognize it as part of the government.
The CCU can hold a thousand forums if they want but in the end they will not have any authority about “where” the Confederate flag can and should be displayed.
- It was and is a part of the South Carolina government because it is part of the state’s history and its heritage.
On April 13, 2000 The New York Times reported:
In a breakthrough that seems likely to end a long and racially charged debate, the South Carolina Senate voted today to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Capitol dome and place a smaller version in a less prominent site on the Statehouse grounds.
Just a few hours earlier, the State House of Representatives passed a bill making South Carolina the last state in the Union to enact a holiday honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The King Day bill passed with no real debate in the House on an 82-to-35 vote. Because the Senate had already passed a similar bill, the measure is now almost certain to be enacted after differences on wording are worked out and Gov. Jim Hodges, a Democrat, signs it.
The flag issue has been much more divisive and has convulsed the state’s political culture for years, as black and white residents argued over whether the Confederate battle flag is a symbol of slavery and oppression, or of a noble Southern heritage.
But the compromise proposal passed today on a 36-to-7 vote, reflecting months of pressure from business and political leaders and an economic boycott of the state by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Many legislators, both black and white, who swore just weeks ago that they would never approve such a compromise changed their minds today, saying they were acting in the best interests of the state.
This act was supposed to end the “controversy” surrounding the Confederate flag but it hasn’t. Even though the NAACP agreed to it, the act was merely a stepping stone that they are still using to eradicate its existance and useful idiots like WPDE’s Brianna Smith, who do not know the difference between “succession” and “secession” are always ready to lend a helping hand.