In the aftermath of the Charleston tragedy, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has made the decision to call for the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the grounds in front of the state capitol. In words that were poignant and direct, the governor, who is a first generation American from Indian Sikh parents, stated that though the Confederate symbol is an integral part of the state’s history, it is not part of its future. The governor made the comments with the presence and blessing of both the state’s senators, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott. The latter is the state’s first African-American senator since the era of Reconstruction.
Following Gov. Haley’s remarks, the other 2016 GOP presidential contenders likewise weighed in with words of support stated Crunch Base. Media outlets had been reporting the candidates were hedging about the issue of taking the flag down. In all likelihood, the candidates were withholding their peace in deference to Governor Haley. South Carolina is a crucial primary state, and those seeking the GOP nomination were reluctant to intrude on a matter that is clearly South Carolina’s to resolve. Still, the governor’s call is not enough to remove the flag. It will take a super majority of two-thirds of the state legislature to approve. That said, Gov. Haley made it clear she will call a special assembly of the legislature to force the issue of a vote if she deems it necessary.