BREAKING: SC Governor Nikki Haley to Call for Ban of Confederate Flag Today

In response to calls for the removal of the Confederate flag from state property following the South Carolina shooting, Governor Nikki Haley is believed to be preparing a ban that will be announced later today. The flag being specifically targeted is the flag next to the Confederate soldiers monument at the State House.

The Post & Courier has more.

Gov. Nikki Haley will hold a news conference in Columbia at 4 p.m. today at which, sources said, she will call for the Confederate flag to come down from the Statehouse grounds.

The move comes as lawmakers are exploring if the removal can be done legislatively in the coming days, tying their heightened attention to the recent shooting deaths of nine members of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

The move could spark outrage for those who wish to see the flag remain in honor of fallen Confederate soldiers. While its true many equate the flags presence to memory of racism and slavery, its also true many do not. South Carolina has in the past removed the flag from the State House dome, but allowed it to stay next to the memorial to honor fallen Confederate soldiers.

UPDATE: Six in ten South Carolina residents want the flag to stay.

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