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State Lawmakers Getting Threats Over Confederate Flag Vote




|| By FITSNEWS || Nine South Carolina lawmakers have reported receiving threatening comments to law enforcement officials in anticipation of next week’s big vote on whether to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the S.C. State House.

According to reporters Doug Pardue and Cynthia Roldan of The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier, these threats are being investigated by the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

Do any of the threats sound serious?

No …

From Pardue and Roldan’s story …

Six of the perceived threats were to House members and three to Senators. At this point, he said, SLED has not determined any of them to be criminal – “just harassing comments, people sounding off… Letting them know they are not going to vote for them again.”

The flag debate has arisen in the aftermath of the horrific, racially motivated “Holy City Massacre,” the mass murder of nine black churchgoers at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston, S.C.  There, nine black parishioners – including S.C. Senator Clementa Pinckney, the church’s pastor – were gunned down by Dylann Storm Roof, a 21-year-old white supremacist.

Having overwhelmingly agreed to address the issue, the S.C. Senate will begin debating a resolution to bring the flag down this coming Monday – July 6.  That measure is expected to clear the Senate the following day and be sent over to the S.C. House of Representatives – which is expected to approve it no later than July 8.

While the measure has overwhelming support in both chambers, there is opposition.

And volatility ….

We support removing the flag.  In fact lawmakers are pretty much following to the letter our recommendation for taking it down.

Let’s hope they follow through.

The Palmetto State has no shortage of serious economic, academic and quality of life issues in desperate need of addressing.  And we need to address them together …