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Shooting reignites debate over Confederate flag

Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 01:32

In South Carolina, shootings reignite debate over Confederate flag. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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The shooting of nine black churchgoers in Charleston this week revived demands that South Carolina stop flying the Confederate flag on the state house grounds. The flag has flown near the state legislature since the early 1960s when it was put up during the peak of the civil rights movement. It's an issue that still divides residents of a state haunted by its legacy of slavery. Durant Ashmore wants it to come down. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DURANT ASHMORE, SAYING: "I think it is a terrible insult to black residents in the State of South Carolina. It is a symbol that they are inferior citizens, and they are not. They are equal. South Carolina is a diverse state and we should revel in our diversity." Baptist preacher Charles Epps says the solution is simple. (SOUNDBITE) (English)BAPTIST PREACHER CHARLES EPPS, SAYING: "I think it needs to come down if it is divisive to the state. And the people of the State of South Carolina need it to come down. I think you need to start with the state leaders, beginning with the governor." Tommie Wyatt, who was visiting the State House grounds for the first time, says the flag is just a flag. (SOUNDBITE) (English)TOMMIE WYATT SAYING: "I don't dislike the flag, I don't think it associates with all people." Some reject the notion that the flag is inherently racist. Rather seeing it it is a symbol of their heritage and an expression of a distinctive Southern identity.

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Shooting reignites debate over Confederate flag

Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 01:32