Republican Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina signed a bill on July 9 to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds, which happened on July 10 (video below).
After the flag came down, a reporter from WISTV interviewed bystander Brandy Burgess, who wept over the removal of the flag, which was waved by the pro-slavery forces of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, notes CrooksAndLiars.com.
"To me I was brought up with the rebel flag being in my family and in my heritage, and my mom, my whole entire family has supported it, not for hate, not for racism or anything like that, just because its a symbol of our Southern pride, and that's all it is. It's me being a true Southerner and proud of where I came from."
Burgess then revealed her heritage is not South Carolina, but actually North Carolina.
"It hurts to watch it come down knowing that people think this is a good thing in history, when to me it feels like we're going backwards."
Burgess suggested bringing together the Confederate flag with the American flag, waved by the United States to defeat the Confederacy, as a way to achieve equality.
Burgess later stated:
"(I)t started coming down and I felt like part of my heart broke, and when it did, everybody that was chanting 'USA' and all that, it felt like they were slapping me in the face, me and my whole family."
In Ocala, Florida, on July 12, around 4,500 people showed up for a Florida Southern Pride Ride. Nearly 1,500 vehicles formed an eight-mile convoy in support of the Confederate flag, reports Reuters.
Participants and observers waved hundreds of Confederate flags. The participants said they were upset that the flag was removed from South Carolina's government grounds and other parts of the South.
Some of the pro-Confederate flag supporters believe the flag is necessary to honor the Confederate soldiers who fought against the United States of America in the Civil War.
Image Credit: WISTV Screenshot