On the morning of July 10, the Confederate flag flying over the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse came down and President Barack Obama praised the move on Twitter.
“South Carolina taking down the confederate flag – a signal of good will and healing, and a meaningful step towards a better future,” he wrote.
Vice President Joe Biden also chimed in on Twitter. “Courage in South Carolina – a divisive symbol comes down. The healing continues. God bless the Mother Emanuel victims and their families,” he wrote.
President Obama was quick to voice his support for the removal of the Confederate flag following the murder of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, last month. Photos of the alleged shooter, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, with a Confederate flag later surfaced online.
“For too long, we were blind to the pain that the Confederate flag stirred in too many of our citizens,” Obama said during eulogy for state Senator Reverend Clementa Pinckney, one of victims of the attack. He added that the flag was tied to Southern pride, but that it also symbolized “systemic oppression and racial subjugation,” Breitbart News Network reported.
“Removing the flag from this state’s capitol would not be an act of political correctness; it would not be an insult to the valor of Confederate soldiers. It would simply be an acknowledgment that the cause for which they fought — the cause of slavery — was wrong,” he added, before concluding, “By taking down that flag, we express God’s grace.”