The initial fallout from the recent massacre in Charleston, South Carolina is an all-out attack on the Confederate flag which flies at a Southern veterans’ memorial in front of the State House in Columbia. US Senator Lindsey Graham, who frequently disappoints Right-wing voters with his liberal tendencies and support for amnesty for millions of illegal Hispanic immigrants, appears to now support removing the battle flag. Governor Nikki Haley, a pro-business Republican, also appears to be retreating on the issue. The organized Black community in the Palmetto State is pushing along with the US media to remove the Southern symbol.
The decision on the part of Southern groups to defend the flag as a symbol of heritage (under the defensive slogan “heritage not hate”) or history rather than the primary cultural and national symbol of the Southern nation of people has made it much harder to resist calls from anti-Southern elements for its banishment to a museum. Whereas in 1950 it was seen by both Southern liberals and conservatives as a cultural icon of the living South and was a mainstream symbol frequently used by Southern politicians, it has since been mostly relegated to a heritage symbol of a lost war from the past.