ColorOfChange member Jamarr Brown's started an
iam.colorofchange petition to Governor Nikki Haley
and members of the South Carolina Legislature reading:
"We demand that you respect all South Carolinians
and use your power and influence to ensure the
confederate flag is removed from the capitol
Here's why this is important:
On Wednesday evening, a 21-year-old white South Carolina
man murdered 9 Black people at the Mother Emanuel AME
Church in Charleston, South Carolina. This was an act of
violence reminiscent of the September 15, 1963 bombing of
the 16th Street Baptist Church.
For generations, the confederate flag has represented the
terror and violence perpetrated on Black communities.
Unfortunately, the confederate flag is still flying on the South
Carolina Capitol Grounds today.
The killer, Dylann Storm Roof, grew up in a South Carolina
that still embraced the confederate flag — a flag that was born
out of a government defending the enslavement of Black people
and resurrected as an emblem for whites violently opposing
racial integration. He attended high school in Columbia, just
a few minutes from the state capitol grounds where that flag
is waving. That flag sends a message that South Carolina
still cherishes a legacy of racial violence. Even more
disturbing, the flag allows those who decide to act out this
history to justify their actions. Roof is one of those. While
committing his act of terror he said, “I have to do it. You rape
our women and you’re taking over the country."
He did not have to murder innocent churchgoers, but the
racial culture that exists led him to believe that he could. But,
he was mistaken - black people cannot take over a
country that they have been a part of since the very
The United States is our home. And, South Carolina is my home.
In fact, my family has lived in the state for four generations
now. We have witnessed racism, oppression and economic
depression in our community for decades. We deserve better.
And, we are demanding better.
It’s time now for South Carolina to take down this terrible
symbol of racial violence once and for all.
This is only one step but an important one. I hope you'll