Bat­tle flag to go?

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The South Carolina Se­nate gave fi­nal ap­proval Tues­day to a bill re­mov­ing the Con­fed­er­ate flag from a pole in front of the State­house, send­ing the pro­posal to the House, where it faces a less cer­tain fu­ture.

The ban­ner at the Capi­tol came un­der greater scru­tiny over the last few weeks af­ter author­i­ties said a gun­man, mo­ti­vated by racial ha­tred, opened fire in­side a black church June 17, killing nine peo­ple. The sus­pect was pho­tographed sev­eral times hold­ing a Con­fed­er­ate flag and burn­ing an Amer­i­can flag, and one of the slain was state Sen. Cle­menta Pinck­ney, who was the head pas­tor at the church.

Tues­day’s 36-3 vote came af­ter a day of de­bate in which sev­eral white sen­a­tors said they had come to un­der­stand why their black col­leagues felt the flag no longer rep­re­sented the val­our of South­ern sol­diers but the racism that led the South to sep­a­rate.

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