The Indian governor of South Carolina Nimrata Nikki Randhawa Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state Capitol Monday, less than a week after a 21-year-old white man gunned down nine people at a historic African American church.
Support for the flag to come down from leaders around the state and around the country has been steadily growing in the wake of the attack.
“Today, we are here in a moment of unity in our state, without ill will, to say it is time to move the flag from the Capitol grounds,” Haley said during a news conference attended by Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, along with other state leaders.
Haley called on Monday for South Carolina to do what just a week ago seemed politically impossible. The announcement was met by applause and cheers from those in attendance.
Haley said The flag “does not represent the future of our great state”. Jeb Bush, who ordered the removal of the flag from the Florida statehouse while governor, said he was confident that South Carolina would “do the right thing”.
The MSM is still strangely silent on the shooting in Philidelphia.
Haley is one of two sitting Indian American governors in the United States, the other being fellow Republican Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. She is also the third non-white person to have been elected as governor of a Southern state.
Meanwhile doubts were raised about the authenticity of the shooter’s “manifesto”. It is highly unlikely that a 9th grade dropout somehow attained exceptional writing skills, yet there has been no investigation by the media into the matter.
The two black shooters from West-Philidelphia have not issued a manifesto yet.