South Carolina’s state senate made a big move on Monday, getting one step closer to banning the Confederate flag from their Capitol.
In a landslide decision, the senate voted 37-3 to take it down. But, the fight isn’t over quite yet.
Before the flag can officially be lowered, the Senate has to vote one more time, and then the bill has to go to the South Carolina House.
The proposal to remove the it came as a result of last month’s devastating shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where nine black people were shot to death because of racist beliefs.
South Carolina governor Nikki Haley is thrilled that the Senate stepped up to bring down the banner, saying in a statement:
“The South Carolina Senate today rose to this historic occasion, with a large majority of members from both parties coming together in the spirit of unity and healing that is binding our state back together and moving us forward in the right direction.”
But even with the governor backing the decision, there’s a possibility the House might not vote the same way as the Senate.
So, Nikki pleaded with her state’s other political institution to follow suit:
“I applaud the Senate’s decisive action, look forward to the Senate giving the bill third reading in the morning, and ask that the House act swiftly and follow the Senate’s lead.”
The Senate won’t be convening again until Tuesday, but we really hope all the necessary votes go through to make this change happen!
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