South Carolina Has Permanently Removed the Confederate Flag From Capitol Grounds

After decades of ignorance-inspired support, the Confederate flag has now been removed from South Carolina Capitol grounds forever.

Photo Removed
Complex Original

Blank pixel used during image takedowns

Photo Removed

On April 11, 1961 — just three short months after the election of John F. Kennedy quickened the process of desegregation across the United States — South Carolinareinstated the Confederate battle flag on Capitol grounds to celebrate (?) the 100th anniversary of the Civil War. Though its intentions as a statement of bafflingly defiant protest against the increasingly progressive country surrounding South Carolina were made repeatedly clear, the flag somehow remained — inspiring division in a region that needed unity perhaps more than ever.

Following the Charleston Church Massacre — an act of domestic terrorism aided by the instigator's deep connections to white supremacy — the focus on the original intentions behind the flag's presence on South Carolina's Capitol grounds (and its similar presence in other southern states) was swiftly renewed. Following a predictably heated debate (and one brave act of citizenry from activist Bree Newsome), a bill to permanently remove the Confederate flag swiftly made its way to Governor Nikki Haley — who signed the bill into law with nine different pens, each honoring one of the victims of the Charleston Church Massacre.

On Friday, the flag was (finally!) removed during a rousing ceremony attended by a host of onlookers hungry for historical advancement:

Upon its removal, the flag will now be acknowledged for what it truly is: an ignorance-supported symbol of steadfast hate and a determined contempt for social unity. Good riddance, Nazi backup flag. You won't be missed!

Shortly after the celebratory ceremony — which included an impromptu sing-along of "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" — President Barack Obama expressed joy and support at the sight of the oppressive symbol's removal via Twitter:


Latest in Pop Culture