Bree Newsome takes down the Confederate Flag from a pole at the Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina, June 27, 2015. REUTERS/Adam Anderson
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Across the U.S. South, Confederate symbols are toppling, teetering or at least getting critical new looks."Taking down those flags is not that big a deal," he said of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse lawn and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's order Wednesday to take down four rebel banners from a memorial at his capitol in Montgomery. Some citizens have long taken offense to the flags, which they associate with racial conflict. The flags were originally flown by the secessionist, pro-slavery southern states during the 1861-1865 American Civil War. Governors in Virginia and North Carolina say the Confederate battle flag should come off specialty license plates; Georgia has stopped issuing the plates, and a bill to do the same was introduced by a Tennessee legislator; Arkansas-based Wal-Mart vowed to stop selling all Confederate gear.Photographs posted online showed Roof waving the Confederate flag.
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