14 Tweets That Illustrate the Fight Over the Confederate Flag

June 22nd 2015

Laura Donovan

Last week, the hashtag #TakeDowntheFlag started trending as people urged South Carolina to remove the Confederate Flag from the grounds of its state capitol in the wake of the devastating shooting in Charleston at the historically Black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. A MoveOn.org petition calling for the same thing garnered more than 500,000 signatures, and now the state's governor, Nikki Haley (R), has reportedly decided to listen. According to the Charleston Post and Courier, she will be announcing her support for its removal at a news conference in Columbia this afternoon.

This would be a turn for Haley, who had previously said the flag, although a sensitive issue for many, did not need to be removed.

"What I can tell you is over the last three and a half years, I spent a lot of my days on the phones with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state,” Haley said at a debate last year. “I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag.”

Though Haley's office wouldn't confirm to the public what the gathering will be about, many on the Internet immediately responded to the report. Here are some interesting Twitter reactions to the news.

But some of the reaction was negative, illustrating that it will not be an easy fight to get the flag taken down:

For the flag to come down, two-thirds of the state legislature must vote for removal. One state legislator has already publicly committed to introducing a removal measure during the next legislative session. Over the weekend, many in South Carolina gathered in protest demanding that the flag be removed. For more on that movement, see our video:

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