It’s been quite a week for S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley on the “Bubba front.” In fact, we’re guessing that the “Tweeters” over at Boss Hogg Haley are positively beside themselves with glee.
Over the last forty-eight hours, we’ve learned that Haley not only thinks she’s white … but supports leaving the Confederate battle flag flying on the grounds of the S.C. State House. Well … she doesn’t necessarily support it, but she’s not going to make moving it off the grounds a part of her “agenda.”
“More than a decade ago, under the leadership of a Democratic governor, South Carolinians Republican and Democrat, black and white, came to a compromise position on the Confederate flag,” Haley’s spokesman Rob Godfrey told FOX News. “Many people were uncomfortable with that compromise, but it addressed a sensitive subject in a way that South Carolina as a whole could accept. We don’t expect people from outside of the state to understand that dynamic, but revisiting that issue is not part of the governor’s agenda.”
Those comments came in response to criticism of Haley by the NAACP, which equated discrimination of African-Americans in the South with the treatment received by Haley’s ancestors in India under British rule.
“What would Gandhi do?” NAACP President Benjamin Jealous asked Haley.
The Confederate flag dominated headlines during the 2000 Republican presidential primary in South Carolina – giving the state literally months of bad press. In April 2000, the S.C. Senate voted 33-7 to remove the flag from the dome of the S.C. State House – and from inside the House and Senate chambers.
In spite of the compromise, the NAACP is still enforcing a totally ineffective tourism boycott against South Carolina, while the NCAA is refusing to hold collegiate athletic tournaments in the Palmetto state. Some Democratic lawmakers have attempted to discourage football recruit from attending the University of South Carolina as a result of the flag’s presence.
In the fall of 2009, we asked our readers what they thought about the Confederate flag’s current location on the South Carolina State House grounds.
According to our survey, forty-one percent of FITS readers (723 votes) want the flag to stay right where it is – positioned behind a Confederate soldier’s monument on the northern side of the State House grounds. Thirty-four percent (599 votes) actually want the flag to go back on top of the State House dome. Finally, twenty-six percent (458 votes) want it to be removed from the State House grounds altogether and placed in a museum.
We don’t care one way or the other … as we’ve noted previously, we believe that symbols like the flag are utterly meaningless. They can be used by anybody to advance anything … just like political labels. State leaders can leave it, move it, burn it or use it as a bath towel for all we care.