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U.S. Senator Tim Scott speaks on Confederate flag removal

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U.S. Senator Tim Scott released a statement on Thursday after Gov. Nikki Haley signed legislation into law to remove the Confederate battle flag from Statehouse grounds.

The Republican senator said in his statement:

“By voting to remove the Confederate Battle Flag from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds, the General Assembly sent the signal that our state will move forward together, united as one South Carolina.  Governor Haley’s quick signature on the legislation solidifies that point. 

"The Confederate battle flag did not cause the hateful, racist actions that left nine families and our entire state grieving, and it remains part of our state's rich and provocative history. But for so many, the flag signifies pain and division that has no home here, and that does not represent the present or the future of our great state. I do not believe that the vast majority of those who support the flag have hate in their hearts, but it is clear that this is the right step forward for our state.

"During a time of immeasurable pain, the families of the Emanuel 9 showed us the future of South Carolina: unity, compassion, righteousness, and love. And while we cannot bring their loved ones back, they have given us those gifts that will last forever.”

Senator Scott joined several state officials last month in calling for the Confederate Battle Flag’s removal. 

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