South Carolina governor, Nikki Haley, appeared on NBC’s Today Show on July 10, to talk about how happy she is that the Confederate flag has been removed from the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse. “It’s a great day,” she tells host Matt Lauer.
After Lauer asked Haley about the anticipated reaction from those who say that the flag is part of their “heritage,” or southern history. Haley responded:
In South Carolina, we honor tradition. We honor history. We honor heritage. But there’s a place for that flag, and that flag needs to be in a museum.
Haley is on the right side of history on this NOW, but why did it take the murder of nine people, by a killer who worshiped the Confederate flag, and other symbols of white supremacy, to get her to that position?
Flashback to the fall of 2014…
During a gubernatorial debate last October, state Senator Vincent Sheheen, the Democratic candidate, called for removing the flag from the statehouse grounds. Haley’s response was incredible. She said,
What I can tell you is over the last three and a half years, I spent a lot of my days on the phones with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state. I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag.
In other words, businesses are still locating in South Carolina, so why should I care about the Confederate flag?
Even Libertarian candidate Steve French disagreed with Haley on the issue, saying that while he was ok with individuals flying the Confederate flag, he didn’t think that businesses should be allowed to. Keep in mind that the Libertarian party’s position on almost everything is “anything goes.”
Kudos to Nikki Haley for evolving on this issue. But it is questionable whether she would be where she is today without the death of innocent people to get her there. Why can’t politicians, Haley and many others, get ahead of issues like this, instead of waiting for a tragedy to move them?
It’s likely that Dylann Roof would have still carried out his crime even if the Confederate flag had been removed years ago.
It’s almost another crime that it took the actions of a Dylann Roof to get this symbol of hate and racism banished.
Here’s Nikki Haley, talking about the Confederate flag earlier on Today:
And here’s what she said about it just a few months ago in October 2014 in this video, via Raw Story: