President Obama, Kerry Washington React to South Carolina State House Removal of the Confederate Flag

American history was made on Friday, July 10 when the Confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina State House after 54 years.

Hundreds gathered to watch highway patrol officers lower the Southern banner whose history in racism resurfaced as a topic of discussion in the wake of last month’s Charleston church shooting.

A bill to lower the flag was proposed by democratic Senator Vincent Sheheen after it was featured in Dylann Roof’s online manifesto to racism which emerged following his massacre on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. This ceremony comes only one day after South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed Sheeran’s bill to affirm his proposition.

It was decided after much debate that the flag would be moved to a state military museum for future exhibition.

Celebrities including Kerry Washington, Sara Bareilles, and the POTUS expressed their optimism towards this momentous event in modern history on social media.

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“YES.”

 

Danielle Brooks from Orange is the New Black:

 

Bravo Executive Producer Andy Cohen:

 

Retta from Parks and Recreation:

 

Mia Farrow:

 

Claudia Jordan of Real Housewives of Atlanta: