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July 6, 2015
1. South Carolina Legislators Gird for Confederate Flag Debate (news roundup)

The South Carolina legislature is expected on Monday to take up the fate of the Confederate battle flag that flies on the State House grounds, responding to demands that it be removed after the June 17 massacre of nine people at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston. “The South Carolina legislature doesn’t move rapidly on anything, so the fact that this has all come about is remarkable,” said Scott E. Buchanan, the executive director of the Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics. “I think we’ll look back on this in future years and just be astounded.”

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Published in: The New York Times - website
July 6, 2015
2. South Carolina Lawmakers Return for Confederate Flag Debate

While it appears there is broad support in the South Carolina Legislature to bring down the Confederate flag, the depth of that support will get its first test this week as lawmakers return to Columbia to come up with a specific plan. The General Assembly returns Monday to discuss Gov. Nikki Haley's budget vetoes and what to do with the rebel flag that has flown over some part of the Statehouse for more than 50 years. But not all lawmakers support the idea without some reservation. There is talk about raising a flag that cadets at The Citadel fought under when the Civil War started that looks like the current South Carolina flag done in red instead of blue to replace the current Confederate flag.

Broadcast on: ABC News - website
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July 6, 2015
3. What’s next? Moving forward after the Emanuel AME Church shooting

The mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church has illuminated long-standing racial differences and wounds, shining a light on obstacles that continue to divide South Carolina. Many blacks and whites cite the attack as more evidence of the injuries inflicted by slavery and its aftermath. They call for an end to indifference, pushing for public dialogue and racial reconciliation. Marcus Cox, a history professor at The Citadel, said blacks and whites are still too far apart on many critical issues. Lynchings and miscarriages of justice are generally relegated to the past, but police brutality, mass incarceration and poverty continue to threaten blacks disproportionately. “In order for us to have an ‘honest dialogue,’ Cox said, “those are the issues we have to get past.”

Published in: The Post and Courier - website
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