Apologize for Flying Confederate Flag During Shooting Victim’s Viewing

The South Carolina and American flags flying at half-staff behind the Confederate flag erected in front of the State Congress building in Columbia, South Carolina on June 19, 2015. Police captured the white suspect in a gun massacre at one of the oldest black churches in Charleston in the United States, the latest deadly assault to feed simmering racial tensions. Police detained 21-year-old Dylann Roof, shown wearing the flags of defunct white supremacist regimes in pictures taken from social media, after nine churchgoers were shot dead during bible study on Wednesday. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV        (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Target: Governor Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina

Goal: Apologize to Senator Pinckney’s family for flying a symbol of hate as the Senator’s casket was driven past.

An African American Senator who was recently shot and killed by a racist punk had his casket driven right past the Confederate flag. If the Governor of South Carolina would have taken down the flag as permitted for standard cleaning purposes, the Senator and his family would not have had to endure this disgusting insult.

When Dylan Roof was arrested for allegedly shooting nine church members at their bible study, he admitted he shot them because he “wanted to start a race war.” Although his actions brought black and white people closer together, the racist symbol that Roof displayed to represent his justification for killing innocent people continues to fly high on South Carolina’s state grounds.

Senator Pinckney believed everyone should be provided with healthcare and also supported every American having a safe place to live. Considering that this man fought for the rights of all people in every race and culture, it is absolutely absurd and extremely insulting that the flag remained flying high above his casket as he was driven past it to his viewing.

Sign this petition and demand Governor Haley apologize to the victim’s family for not taking down the flag during this very tragic time. The Governor of South Carolina has some nerve saying she is leaving up this flag during Senator Pinckney’s viewing, even after claiming that it needs to be taken down because it is a racist symbol to so many.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Haley,

An African American senator who was recently shot in cold blood was driven past the Confederate flag hung at state grounds on the way to his viewing. If you would have exercised your right to take down the flag for cleaning, his family and friends would not have had to look at yet another reminder as to why their beloved family member and friend was killed.

While you may not have the authority to permanently take down the flag without the backing of other legislators, it is deplorable that you allowed it to stay up during such a heartbreaking moment. Many people would have applauded your efforts if you had temporarily taken it down. Instead, by not taking this action you clearly suggested that Senator Pinckney’s life was not worth paying this ultimate respect.

You explained the other day that you supported the flag being taken down because it is a symbol of hate and hardship to so many Americans. Yet, your actions proved hypocritical to the words you spoke.

I therefore strongly encourage you to apologize to the victim’s family for leaving up this flag while Senator Pinckney’s casket was driven directly past it, and I further ask you to take it down for cleaning during all of the victims’ funerals. Words can easily be spoken but if further actions are not taken to rid the dividing lines between people of different races and cultures, this country will continue to remain divided.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mladen Antonov

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