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SC Confederate flag comes down

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The Confederate battle flag was lowered from a pole on the South Carolina statehouse grounds and taken away to a military museum by an honor guard of state troopers this morning. A crowd cheered and applauded as the pro-slavery banner came down.

The flag was removed after 54 years and heated emotional debate about what is an emblem of Southern pride for some — a symbol of hatred and racism for others. It took the massacre of nine African Americans in a historic church in Charleston by a white gunman last month to make it happen. President Obama praised the move.



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