Will republicans push to recognize the Confederate flag as a symbol of black oppression change how the GOP appears to black voters
WASHINGTON, June 23, 2015 – Was the Confederate flag at the core of Dylann Roof’s motivation for shooting and killing nine black worshippers?
In response to the shooting deaths at the Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Sens. Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham (Republican one and all) have demanded that the Confederate flag at the state Capitol complex be removed.
Many public officials in the state as well as across the nation have indicated that the Rebel flag represents a relic of the past that should be placed in a museum. Others have tied it to the words of the white 21-year-old, who, according to CNN, said he shot “the black worshippers in hopes of sparking a race war.”
Liberals have pounded the media airwaves with denunciations of gun violence and increased calls for gun control. Is this truly an issue over a flag or gun control, or is the tragedy being used as political fuel by President Obama, who could not get his way on gun control? Are liberals going to attack presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum for accepting thousands of campaign dollars from the racist white separatist group, Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC)?
Roof has allegedly credited the CofCC with helping to radicalize him against black people before the murders, according to the Guardian. Should the GOP and the Republican presidential candidates react with a message that heals the racial divide created by Obama and professional race baiters and race haters like Roof?
Join host Kevin Fobbs and Linda Lee Tarver, a Michigan Civil Rights Commissioner, organizational psychologist and director of Community Affairs & Election Integrity Liaison for the Office of Michigan Secretary of State as they discuss whether taking down the Confederate flag will result in an end to a century and a half plus symbol of segregation and bring about one America.
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