Monday, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina joined other officials in urging his state to remove the Confederate battle flag from its statehouse grounds.
The Boston Globe writes that he was the first GOP presidential candidate to call for the removal of the flag. Graham’s position could convince others to follow suit.
Politico writes that Graham was standing near Republican Gov. Nikki Haley and a bipartisan group of state lawmakers as Haley said they were all there to say “it’s time to move the flag from the Capitol grounds.”
The cold-blooded killing of nine worshipers at an African-American church in Charleston last week brought back the debate over the flag in South Carolina. The banner currently flies on the statehouse grounds, the result of a compromise in 2000, when it was removed from an even more prominent place atop the building.
According to NPR, the head of the NAACP says it’s not appropriate for South Carolina to keep flying the Confederate flag at its state house.
“The flag has to come down,” NAACP President Cornell Brooks said at a news conference Friday.