Secessionists raise Confederate Flag at SC Statehouse
A secessionist group picked the most sensitive time in America to raise the Confederate Flag at a rally at the South Caroline Statehouse, a year after that flag was finally taken down.
Despite backlash from across the country, including calls from South Carolina’s governor Nikki Haley, President Obama and Vice President Biden to take down the Confederate flag from the state’s property after many considered it a symbol of hate in the wake of a racist massacre at a Charleston church, the Secessionist Party wanted to honor the stars and bars.
The group called the flag’s takedown the “greatest treason” in the state’s history on its Facebook event page.
“Fellow Southerners from across the Southern States will stand together in solidarity and defense of what we hold sacred,” the flag supporters said.
The group was concerned, but undeterred in its mission as tensions continue to rise in the aftermath of police-involved killings of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, as well as five officers killed in Dallas by military-trained maniac Micah Johnson.
South Carolina capitol police reached out to the Secessionist Party’s board chairman, James Bessenger, and asked to postpone the Sunday rally after the Dallas shootings — the group refused to back down, according to The State.