SC Governor Defends Confederate Flag On Statehouse Grounds: It’s OK Because CEOs Haven’t Complained
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) said during a debate on Tuesday said that there’s no reason to remove the Confederate flag on the Statehouse grounds because it was not an issue for CEOs, according Raw Story.
In contrast, Democratic candidate Sen. Vincent Sheheen said, “I think the people of South Carolina are tired of having an image across America that’s not truly who we are.” He added that people should “rally together under a flag that unites us all, the American flag, that looks toward the future, and not the past.”
[su_center_ad]Haley said the Confederate flag was a “sensitive issue.” She continued to say, “What I can tell you is over the last three and a half years, I spent a lot of my days on the phones with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state, I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag.”
Haley admitted the state had an image problem in the past but said,”But we really kind of fixed all that when you elected the first Indian-American female governor. When we appointed the first African-American U.S. senator, that sent a huge message,” she said referring to Tim Scott.
Raw Story reports:
Independent libertarian candidate Steve French said that he believed in the concept of “individual liberty” when it came to the Confederate flag.
“So, if you want to paint your house in the Confederate flag, I am completely fine with that,” he remarked.
But French disagreed with Haley when it came to businesses, saying that he had spoken with entrepreneurs who refused to move to South Carolina because the state was perceived as a “backwoods good ol’ boy network.”
“And that flag, I think, represents a lot of division in this state, and we need to be coming together,” French observed.
I’m sure Haley believes there is no racism in America because we elected an African American president, too. Problem solved.[su_csky_ad]