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Legislators, activists discuss future of the Confederate flag

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Inside the Long Branch Baptist Church, Reverend Jesse Jackson spoke about the Confederate flag, he spoke about the future of South Carolina and about the nine lives taken inside the Mother Emanuel AME Church. He said the Confederate flag is divisive.

"I hope that the Legislation, in the spirit of Charleston will remove the flag, but more than remove the flag, we must remove the flag agenda," said Jackson.

Jackson spoke about what the flag represents to him and it's history."We have learned to survive apart we must now learn black and white, to live together," said Jackson.

Senator Karl Allen also spoke at the church as he prepares for this week's upcoming legislative session.

"When that flag comes down and agenda must be lifted up, that lifts up African Americans, that lift up Caucasians, that lift up the citizens of the great state of South Carolina," said Allen.

Representatives gathered in Greenville with a local activist to pray for all legislators this week as several have been treated during the Confederate flag debate.

"Our lawmakers will vote, and whatever the decision is, Jack has to live with it and so should everyone else out there," said Jack Logan with Put Down the Guns Young People.

" I appreciate what pastor Logan did, bringing us down, praying over us and hoping that it will be civil," said Representative Mike Burns.

Burns said he feels this is a veteran's issue and said the flag should stay where it is.

"I understand the other sides viewpoint and I'm sympathetic with that viewpoint but still those veterans did serve our country and they don't need to be left out," said Burns.

Burns said the confederate flag should be honored: "I've been working for two weeks for a reasonable compromise and we've not been able to do that yet, so until that time, I'm for leaving the flag up."

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