South Carolina to Take Down Confederate Flag on Friday

The battle flag of the former American Confederacy will stop flying at South Carolina’s statehouse on Friday, 23 days after a mass shooting at one of the state’s emblematic black churches – and 150 years after the south lost a civil war fought largely over slavery, and for which the flag’s endurance has remained a lasting symbol of racism.
Governor Nikki Haley was prepared to sign legislation on Thursday that would require the flag to be removed from government grounds within 24 hours.