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South Carolina to take down Confederate flag

The decision to take down the Confederate Flag follows historic votes this week by state lawmakers endorsing the move, after the church murders of nine African Americans last month by a racist gunmanThe Confederate Flag, the pro-slavery banner of the US Civil War, was to be removed Friday from South Carolina’s statehouse, where it has flown for a half-century as a powerful and polarizing symbol of America’s racial divide. At precisely 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) Friday, the flag was to be lowered by a South Carolina state police honor guard.

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