- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 9, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton released a statement on the South Carolina legislature’s vote to remove the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds saying that removing the symbol “of our nation’s racist past” is a step forward but that “unfinished business” remains on confronting inequalities in the country.

“Removing this symbol of our nation’s racist past is an important step towards equality and civil rights in America,” Mrs. Clinton, the 2016 Democratic president frontrunner, said in a statement Thursday.

The South Carolina House voted early Thursday on a measure to remove the flag, sending it to Gov. Nikki Haley, who was expected to sign the measure into law. The debate over the Confederate flag has received renewed attention in the wake of the recent fatal shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

“The flag may soon no longer fly at the State Capitol, but there is still unfinished business in confronting and acting on the inequalities that still exist in our country,” Mrs. Clinton said. “We can’t hide from the hard truths about race and justice. We must do everything in our power to have the courage to name them and change them.”


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