The Congressional Black Caucus Applauds the South Carolina Legislature’s Decision to Remove the Confederate Battle Flag from Statehouse Grounds

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative G. K. Butterfield, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), issued the following statement commending the South Carolina Legislature for its swift action to remove the Confederate Battle flag from Statehouse grounds:

“Early this morning, the South Carolina Legislature took a decisive step toward uniting South Carolinians by passing a bill to remove the Confederate Battle flag from Statehouse grounds.  The Confederate Battle flag has long been a divisive symbol intended to celebrate a dark period in American history during which four million blacks were held as slaves, not seen as human beings, but merely as property.  We cannot erase or change history, but we can, as witnessed in South Carolina, take meaningful steps to move forward together by removing a painful symbol of hate, bigotry, and oppression that has plagued our nation.  The Congressional Black Caucus applauds the state of South Carolina for its progress towards a brighter future.”

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