Murders in historically Black churches and long processions of entire communities coming to pay their last respects – I thought this was a subject matter left to grainy old news footage and Spike Lee documentaries.
And yet, after spending much of this week at the state house attending rallies and the senate session, it now amazes me that so many South Carolinians, and initially myself included, found ourselves asking, “How could this happen here?”
Since 1961, our state has put out the welcome mat for racist ideology by flying the Confederate flag at the seat of our state government. To believe otherwise is complete delusion.
Instead, there is a better question, “How many times has this happened, and when did we lose count?” Basic human empathy is all that is required to understand why this flag must come down. Whether it occurred during the Confederacy or in more recent times, the damage to our state and its people has been done. This moment is too long coming, and at far too high a price.