Posted July 21, 2008 – The NAACP is getting little support from the residents of mostly Black South Carolina as it tries to pressure the state to remove the Confederate flag from a Civil War memorial in the heart of Columbia.
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Part of the reason for the seeming complacency is that it took such a major effort to get leaders of the state, Black and White, to agree to remove it from the Capitol dome eight years ago. At the time, there were repeated marches and protests and boycotts – involving everybody from governors, lawmakers, community leaders, students, entertainers and athletes – since the flag was hoisted in 1962.
Now that the flag – which many African Americans see as a historic symbol of slavery, Jim Crow and modern-day intolerance – is situated in an area “passed by 28,000 drivers each day, according to The Associated Press, the NAACP is renewing its call to rip it down.
"We are a patient organization. We've been working for 100 years doing this. And as is always the case, outside pressure is the only way South Carolina ever gets anything accomplished," Lonnie Randolph, president of the South Carolina chapter of the NAACP told AP.
State Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, an African-American Democrat from Orangeburg, S.C., said, "It will take the next generation of lawmakers to resolve the issue."
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