15 Tweets Sum Up South Carolina's Historic Decision On the Confederate Flag

July 9th 2015

Nicole Charky

In a historic move, South Carolina lawmakers voted late Wednesday to take down the Confederate flag that flies at the state's capitol grounds in Columbia. The controversial symbol is expected to be removed within days, according to the Associated Press.

Calls to remove the flag came after a 21-year-old self-proclaimed white supremacist shot and killed nine Black people, including state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17. Following the horrific attack, photos emerged showing the shooter posed next to Confederate symbols. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) called for the removal of the flag, which many believe to represent a past of bigotry, segregation, and slavery.​

One flag opponent, South Carolina Rep. Jenny Horne, gave a passionate speech in front of the state's legislature, calling on her colleagues to vote to remove the flag:

Horne, a descendant of Confederate leader Jefferson Davis, said that "the people of Charleston deserve immediate and swift removal of that flag from this ground."

Here are the incredible ways Horne and several other people responded to the vote to remove the flag:

Bree Newsome, the 30-year-old Black activist who took matters into her own hands when she climbed up the flagpole where the Confederate flag hung and pulled it down, was asked how she felt about Rep. Jenny Horne's speech before the vote.

Check out this ATTN: video and catch up on how the #BringItDown movement began.

Gov. Nikki Haley's Words About the Confederate Flag

Protestors just had historic success in South Carolina.

Posted by ATTN: on Monday, June 22, 2015