Members of the South Carolina Secessionist Party have been displaying the Confederate battle flag at White Point Garden every weekend. Matthew Fortner/Staff

The fight over the Confederate battle flag in South Carolina will be featured tonight in a cable documentary series.

Hosted by comedian Jamali Maddix, the Viceland documentary series "Hate Thy Neighbor" explores controversial groups worldwide. Now in its second season, the show's latest episode takes on the Confederate battle flag.

In a clip previewing the episode, Maddix can be seen standing across the street from Emanuel AME Church with North Charleston's KJ Kearney. The church in downtown Charleston is the site where Dylann Roof, a self-avowed white supremacist, gunned down nine black parishioners in June 2015. 

After the massacre, photos of the shooter brandishing the Confederate battle flag would emerge, along with his hate-fueled manifesto.

"What was it about the Dylann Roof shooting that made the Confederate flag so important?" Maddix asks Kearney in the clip.

"It's because he made it important. It would have been a tragedy without the flag. When he made his manifesto and he was in pictures with this flag, it just took it to another completely different level," said Kearney, a community outreach consultant and former Democratic candidate for the S.C. House of Representatives.

Following the shooting, South Carolina lawmakers voted to take down the flag at the Confederate Soldier Monument on the Capitol grounds.

But the flag and the debate over whether it represents heritage or hate continues.

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A Charleston Black Lives Matter leader was arrested last year after he attempted to snatch a large Confederate battle flag from a protester outside of the College of Charleston.

The flag has also surfaced as a campaign issue in South Carolina's governor's race after GOP gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton said she was "proud of the Confederacy" and pledged "we’re not going to rewrite history" by removing Confederate monuments.

Viceland, Vice Media's foray into cable TV, airs "Hate Thy Neighbor" at 10 p.m. Tuesdays. It can be watched online as well at

Reach Caitlin Byrd at 843-937-5590 and follow her on Twitter @MaryCaitlinByrd.

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Caitlin Byrd is a political reporter at The Post and Courier and author of the Palmetto Politics newsletter. Before moving to Charleston in 2016, her byline appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times. To date, Byrd has won 17 awards for her work.

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