A new poll by Winthrop University shows two-thirds of South Carolina say the Legislature made the right decision to remove the Confederate battle flag from Statehouse grounds after the racially motivated fatal shooting at Emanuel AME Church.
But it also shows there’s a divide between black and white over what the flag symbolizes.
The survey, by Winthrop University in Rock Hill, found that nearly all blacks, 93 percent, thought lawmakers made the right decision in voting to move the flag from the Confederate soldiers monument outside the capitol to a Columbia museum, while a little more than half of whites, 54 percent, agreed.
The flag had flown there since 2000. Before that it had been flown atop the Statehouse dome, where it was placed in 1962 as a show of defiance to integration.
When asked if the Confederate battle flag was more a symbol of racial conflict or of Southern pride, 40 percent of those surveyed said it stood for racial conflict, while 47 percent said it stood for Southern pride.
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In other news of the day, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., a favorite of the tea party crowd, was a yo-yo in the media Wednesday when rumors said he was not planning on running again in 2016 - chatter his office moved to quickly squash. Read the full story in The State here .
Boehner secretly asked Gowdy to run for Speaker
Read Politico’s account here.
Russia launches Syria air strikes, CNN says here.
College of Charleston contends with budget shortfall.
Read Post and Courier story here.
Police officer killed in Columbia area mall.
Read The Associated Press story here.
Gov. Nikki Haley will be in Massachussetts today to speak at a meeting of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, where she will be honored for her handling of the June 17 shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, according to this story on TIME’s website: South Carolina governor recognized for handling of Charleston shooting