People who believe the Confederate flag honors their ancestors say they’re trying to come to grips with the reality that the banner will soon be gone from the South Carolina Statehouse.
This week, Confederate flag supporter Nelson Waller stood outside the Statehouse in his rebel flag tie and rallied to save the banner. But the legislature has passed a bill to remove it, and Republican Gov. Nikki Haley says she’ll sign it into law Thursday afternoon.
Waller says he isn’t coming back for Friday’s ceremony when the flag is pulled down. He says he feels betrayed by his state leaders. He says the flag had nothing to do with Dylann Roof, the white man charged with fatally shooting nine black churchgoers in Charleston.
The massacre last month reignited the debate over the flag. Waller calls the flag a symbol of the valor of brave Southern soldiers defending their homes.
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