South Carolina governor calls for removal of Confederate flag

A man holds a sign up during a protest rally against the Confederate flag in Columbia, South Carolina, on June 20, 2015South Carolina’s Governor Nikki Haley is leading escalating bipartisan calls for the removal of the controversial Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol, after last week’s deadly shooting at a black church in Charleston. The contentious flying of the Civil War battle flag — seen by some as a symbol of lingering racist sentiment in the American South, but by others as a hallmark of Southern pride — has returned to the spotlight since the massacre. A website apparently created by accused gunman Dylann Roof, 21, includes a manifesto embracing white supremacy and photographs of him holding a Confederate flag and a handgun.

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