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South Carolina Secessionist Party to Raise Confederate Flag on Anniversary of Charleston Massacre

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The South Carolina Secessionist Party plans to raise the Confederate flag over the State House one year after it was removed following the Charleston shooting. The Facebook page for the event says it will be held on July 10. That date is the anniversary of the flag’s removal after Dylann Roof killed nine Black people at a local church. The self-proclaimed grass-roots organization is dedicated to “returning honor integrity and tradition to South Carolina,” according to their Facebook page.

The State reports the flag will only temporarily return to the South Carolina State House during the four-hour event.

The group’s founder James Bessenger told the publication in March that he hopes the flag-raising celebration will be held each year, claiming “We do it to honor those who left their homes, left their families, stood on bloody battlefields and sacrificed their lives for the sake of the people of South Carolina.”

Lawmakers said they don’t have a reason to prevent the 2,100 member Secessionist Party from raising the Confederate flag, which had been raised over the State House for five decades before being banished.

“I wish they wouldn’t, but that’s the country that we live in,” Republican Senator Chip Campsen said to The State in March. He was one of the members of the state Senate who voted to remove the flag.

Democratic House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, added, “This defies logical and common sense. But we don’t regulate crazy.”

Bessenger said that he expects protesters at the rally in July but he plans to ignore them.

Atlanta Blackstar reports Roof was indicted in the shooting that took place at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston last year. A South Carolina state court charged the white supremacist with nine counts of murder. He was also charged with federal hate crimes and  three attempted murder charges. Roof was had one count of possession of a weapon during a violent crime charge in July 2015.  He is currently awaiting trial as the death penalty is debated.

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8 thoughts on “South Carolina Secessionist Party to Raise Confederate Flag on Anniversary of Charleston Massacre

  1. As long as when they leave they take that rag/flag with them. You can't regulate or stop stupidity… it happens.

  2. Barry Watts says:

    The same can be said of ignorance. :p

  3. Yep, it's obvious even today the south has blacks best interest in mind (as sarcastic as I can possibly be.)

  4. Barry Watts says:

    Why do you live in the South if it's so bad? Black people are moving here in record numbers to get away from the ghettos and gangs of the big urban centers they migrated to in the early 1900's.

  5. Barry Watts says:

    I'm assuming you live in the Altanta area.

  6. Barry Watts says:

    Did you even bother to read the letter, or do you prefer to remain ignorant and believe that all Confederate leaders supported slavery and that slavery was the only reason southerners fought for independence? Many of them opposed slavery, including Robert E. Lee and obviously Patrick Cleburne.

  7. Barry Watts says:

    Confederate Major General Patrick Cleburne's impassioned letter to his superiors to arm slaves to fight for the CSA in exchange for their freedom. Would history have turned out differently if Jefferson Davis had followed this path?

  8. Barry Watts says:

    This headline is totally misleading, by the way. They are raising the flag on the first anniversary of the day it was removed, which was nearly a month after the Charleston Massacre. Sloppy journalism, intentional click-baiting, or an honest mistake?

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