Tag: South Carolina

#TakeItDown: Lawmakers Key to Removal of Confederate Flag, Symbols

By Sheryl Estrada South Carolina State House in Columbia. Photo: Shutterstock Following South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s announcement on Monday calling for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from state grounds, the nation watchedas lawmakers took steps on Tuesday to consider its elimination.The hashtag#TakeItDown is trending on social media…

Social Media, Pressure Bring Racism Center Stage

It took the actions of a white supremacist to finally convince white political leaders in South Carolina to call for the Confederate flag to be brought down. While the move was widely applauded, the gesture was largely symbolic and further proof that staunch, long-held beliefs can easily change with enough…

Leaders Urge South Carolina to Take Down Confederate Flag

By Sheryl Estrada UPDATE (4:15 pm 6/22/15): South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced that she will call on state lawmakers to move the Confederate flag from state grounds. Lawmakers are expected to debate the issue and vote in the coming weeks. Original Story: Following racist gunman Dylann Roof’s mass murder…

Lindsey Graham Minimizes Charleston Shooter's Intentions

Senator and presidential candidate Lindsey Graham did not hold back when it came to his comments about convicted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. In fact, he asked President Obama’s administration to consider Tsarnaev an “enemy combatant“: This man, in my view, should be designated as a potential enemy combatant and we…

White S.C. Cop Fired, Charged After Shooting Unarmed Black Man

By Chris Hoenig A South Carolina state trooper has been arrested and charged with assault and battery for shooting an unarmed Black man during a traffic stop earlier this month. Lance Corporal Sean Groubert was also fired from his job with the South Carolina Highway Patrol. On Sept. 4, Groubert…