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Response to Emanuel A.M.E. Church shooting
Possibly due to significant pressure from reasonable people across the United States, Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag — more accurately, the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia — from the state's capitol grounds in Columbia. Haley called the flag a symbol of racism in the wake of the in June 2015 Emanuel A.M.E. Church massacre in Charleston where nine parishioners were killed by a white supremacist. While the state legislature debated, North Carolina activist Bree Newsome climbed the pole where the flag was flying on the lawn in front of the South Carolina Statehouse and took it down. On July 9th, 2015, a two-thirds majority of state legislators voted for the flag to be removed from the state house grounds permanently and placed on display in a museum.