South Carolina set to take down Confederate flag

The confederate flag waves on the grounds of the South Carolina State House in Columbia, South Carolina on June 27, 2015The Confederate flag will be gone from the grounds of South Carolina’s state house on Friday, three weeks after a mass murder in an African-American church in Charleston once again made it a flashpoint of controversy. The red, white and blue Civil War-era battle flag has been flying alongside a Confederate war memorial outside the state house since 2000, after years atop the legislature’s domed roof. Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old charged in the killings, had been photographed before the attack with the Confederate flag, which for many is seen as a symbol of hate and racism rather than regional heritage.

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