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150 years on, Confederate symbols divide America

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 01:16

The massacre of nine African Americans in Charleston is fueling a nationwide movement to eradicate symbols of the Confederacy from public spaces, retail stores, license plates and internet sites. Rudi Bakhtiar reports.

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STORY: Just a day after Alabama's governor ordered the Confederate flag removed from the grounds of the state's Capitol in Montgomery, More calls across America for banishing the banner of the pro-slavery Confederacy. (Alabama Governor Robert Bentley SOT) "What I did today was symbolic, I became the first governor to remove the confederate flag. Other governors have called for it in Virginia and South Carolina. they didn't do it." The massacre of nine African Americans in a Charleston church last week by suspected white gunman Dylann Roof has fueled a nationwide movement to eradicate symbols of the Confederacy from public spaces, license plates, retail stores and Internet sites. Roof posed for numerous photos with a Confederate flag before the shooting spree. Anti-flag protests in Charleston are reverberating across the south with Missisippi, Louisiana, Virgina, Kentucky and Florida debating the future of the flag. But flag supporters are not backing down. For them, it's a source of pride...a remembrance for its soldiers killed in the Civil War, no matter how divisive the flag has become.

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150 years on, Confederate symbols divide America

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 01:16