The Charleston shooting last week has sparked conversation about the removal of the Confederate flag that flies on the grounds of the South Carolina State Capital n Columbia. Soon after the massacre of 9 African American church goers at the oldest black church in the country, several pictures surfaced on the of the shooter, Dylann Roof, proudly holding a Confederate flag.
Some Southern conservatives feel that the flag represents the bravery of the confederate soldiers during the Civil War, but most Americans see it as a potent symbol of racism and hate, and rightly so. The Civil War was fought because the 11 states of the Confederacy were in favor of keeping slavery legal and they seceded from the Union. Later, during the Civil Rights era, the flag was linked to hate again, because States in the South were against segregation.
Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks explains: