Target: South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
Goal: Stop flying the Confederate flag above South Carolina’s government buildings.
The day after nine African Americans were murdered when a white terrorist massacred a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, the state capitol continues to proudly fly the Confederate flag above its statehouse. This flag should have never been raised in the first place and it needs to be permanently taken down. Demand that South Carolina stop waving this racist flag at the capitol.
The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston was the site of a massacre that left nine parishioners dead. Survivors of the attack report that the suspected shooter, Dylan Storm Roof, a 21-year-old white man, told them that he was murdering them because “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.” Given this man’s alleged comments, photos that have surfaced showing him supporting African apartheid states and the Confederacy, and the fact that the church is one of the oldest and most prominent black congregations in the South, many are calling this crime nothing less than racist, white supremacist, anti-black terrorism.
Despite this unspeakable tragedy, however, the state of South Carolina continues to fly the Confederate flag at its state capitol building in Columbia. While the state and national flag have been lowered to half-mast in honor of those lost, the Confederate flag remains high in the sky at full-mast above them. The message of this is entirely clear—South Carolina continues to honor its legacy of violent slavery and white supremacy and has no plans to stop regardless of how many black people are murdered by racists within its borders.
The governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, considers the Confederate flag’s presence over the capitol a non-issue and has announced no plans to remove it even after this act of terror. Sign the petition below to demand that Governor Haley immediately remove this symbol of violent white supremacy from her state capitol at once.
Dear Governor Haley,
I am writing you today about the fact that the Confederate flag continues to fly on your statehouse grounds even after the massacre that took place against African Americans at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. You should be ashamed of yourself.
The Confederate flag has always been a symbol of violent racism, slavery, and white supremacy. Those who tell themselves differently are deluding themselves. That reality should be disgustingly apparent to you now after that attack. The suspected terrorist, Dylan Storm Roof, is reported to have had a lot of pride in the Confederacy and in African apartheid.
There is no way to frame the Confederate flag that does not carry with it the explicit endorsement of violence against black people. The fact that it flies over your statehouse shows that your government simply does not care about black lives. That, in light of this tragedy, is inarguable.
What you should do at this point should be exceedingly clear, but given your comments regarding the Confederate flag in the past you cannot be trusted to do what needs to be done on your own volition. I demand that you immediately remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds and ensure that it never flies there again.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Donald Lee Pardue