Target: Rep. Doug Brannon
Goal: Praise representative for planning to remove confederate flag from state property.
A South Carolina state representative is planning on pushing a bill through the state legislature that will remove the confederate flag from state property, even though it may cost him reelection.
South Carolina representative Doug Brannon ignited a debate after the recent shootings at the Emanual AME Church in Charleston, when he announced his intent to introduce a bill that would remove the flag. While December may be the earliest he is able to introduce the bill, Representative Brannon is essentially inviting people to hold him accountable by announcing it to the public.
Brannon said that it is something he should have done five years earlier when he joined the House of Representatives, but since losing his friend and South Carolina senator, Clementa Pinckney, in the mass shootings, Brannon is taking a stand for others who see the flag as a symbol of white supremacy.
The flag has been an issue in the past, when protests to remove the flag from the Capitol dome were successful. Unfortunately, the flag was simply removed from the dome and placed near a confederate memorial. It is argued that this flag is a reminder of those who died in the Civil War, but there are better ways to remember these brave men and women. This flag only serves as a way to divide races and stir up old feelings.
It is time to stop revering a symbol of intolerance and get rid of the flag that encourages racism. Please sign the petition below and praise representative Doug Brannon for doing what should have been done long ago and advocating to remove this flag once and for all.
Dear Rep. Doug Brannon,
I would like to thank you for your brave stance and plan to introduce a bill that will remove the confederate flag from state property. It may cost you reelection and you are pushing for it because you rightly believe that this flag simply stands as a symbol of white supremacy and intolerance.
The confederate flag may be a way for some to remember those who fought in the Civil War, but in this day and age, it is only a reminder that we are divided rather than unified. In order to be more tolerant, we need to stop encouraging hate and division through symbols such as these.
While some may be against removing the confederate flag from state property, you have many more that stand with you. Thank you for being sensible and taking firm action to make this right.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Donald Lee Purdue