Target: Ms. Jenny Horne, South Carolina State Representative
Goal: Applaud efforts to have the Confederate flag removed from the State House in South Carolina.
At long last, the Confederate flag will be lowered from its place atop a flagpole outside of the South Carolina State House. Debate over the flag resurfaced after a horrific, racially motivated shooting and raged on until just recently when the two houses of the South Carolina State Legislature voted resoundingly to have it lowered for good. All of the good people who worked so hard to get this symbol of hatred lowered, including the ForceChange activists who signed a recent petition on the subject, deserve praise.
The Confederate flag is a banner of racism that has been flying in multiple southern states for over a century. The debate over lowering it was heated, with many opposed claiming that the flag was just about southern pride and heritage, but it is as clear a symbol of hatred as the swastika. After all, the flag is beloved by hate groups like the KKK who openly admit to being racist.
The removal of the flag was contested not only by the public, but by South Carolina’s lawmakers themselves. After the state Senate voted on a bill to have the flag lowered, it was sent to the state’s more conservative House of Representatives. During the proceedings, supporters of the flag tried to add amendments and caveats to its removal in an attempt to slow down the removal or halt it indefinitely.
However, thanks to an impassioned and heartfelt speech given by Representative Jenny Horne, the House was swayed and voted in favor of the flag’s removal. It will come down shortly after the bill is signed into law by Governor Nikki Haley and never again will anyone have to be oppressed by its bloody history. Sign here to thank everyone who voted and fought to have this symbol of racism removed for good.
Dear Representative Horne,
I am writing to personally thank you for the part that you played in ensuring the removal of the Confederate Flag from the grounds of the South Carolina State House. For too long that banner of hatred has stared down at South Carolina’s population and reinforced its assumption that one group of people is superior to another.
Those crying over this flag claim that it is a symbol of southern heritage, a beacon of pride, but what is there to be proud about in armed rebellion and slave holding? Perhaps the flag celebrates a heritage, but that heritage is all about inequality and white supremacy; why should that be allowed on state grounds?
The removal of this flag is a wonderful step towards a more inclusive and equal society, but it is just the first among many more which are necessary. While I thank you for ensuring this symbol of racism will no longer fly atop its flag pole, I urge you to also start removing the names of Confederate generals from streets and byways.
[Your Name Here]
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