NAACP lifts boy­cott af­ter flag is re­moved

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

The NAACP has passed a res­o­lu­tion lift­ing its 15-year eco­nomic boy­cott of South Carolina, a day af­ter that state took down a Con­fed­er­ate bat­tle flag fly­ing near its state­house.

The civil rights group ap­proved the mea­sure Satur­day at its na­tional con­ven­tion in Philadelphia to end the boy­cott of tourism and other eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity. The boy­cott be­gan in 2000 dur­ing de­bate over the fly­ing of the Con­fed­er­ate flag atop South Carolina’s state­house dome. The boy­cott con­tin­ued af­ter it was moved to a flag­pole on state­house grounds.

The flag’s re­moval comes weeks af­ter the shoot­ing deaths of nine peo­ple in a his­tor­i­cally black church in Charleston. Po­lice have charged a man shown in pic­tures with the flag, who they say was mo­ti­vated by hate.

Flag sup­port­ers re­main, say­ing it sym­bol­izes South­ern her­itage.

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