The flag, which has become a symbol of the south and racism, still flies above the Capitol.
Local religious and political leaders in the state of South Carolina and beyond joined forces today in a rare moment to stand up for what is right. Their hope is to call for the South Carolina state general assembly to remove the Confederate battle flag that is still flying at the state capitol after last week's deadly shooting spree at a Charleston, South Carolina, church.
The flag is a symbol of so much to the south, but its origins are in hatred and racism - something that we need to take a stand against.
"The time has come to remove this symbol of hate and division from our state capitol," said the Rev. Nelson Rivers, who is a member of the National Action Network and the pastor at a local Baptist church. He is not alone, people all over the country and protesting, Tweeting, and mailing in their hopes that the official government building will take down the flag.
All of this, of course, comes back to Dylann Storm, the 20-year-old who was believed to have been motivated by racism shot and killed nine people in a historically black church in Charleston last week.
The state capitol's American flag was lowered to half-staff after of the shootings, but the Confederate flag also flown there remained at full-staff because only the state's general assembly is allowed to order it down. South Carolina law dictates that only a two-thirds majority of the general assembly would be able to mandate a change in that law, Gov. Nikki Haley's press secretary told CNN.
Haley is scheduled to address the media later this afternoon, though it was not clear if she would or would not address the controversy over the Confederate flag - we will keep you updated to any emerging news.
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said that he thinks there is a history to the flag, especially in commemorating the lives of soldiers who died during the Civil War, but that he does understand that is comes from a place of hate. Riley, along with President Obama, said that it should be removed and put in a historic site or museum, because it "sends the wrong message."
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The group of leaders announced that there will be a rally in front of the state capitol on Tuesday.