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Confederate Flag’s Fate Is in Hands of Polarized South Carolina House

The Confederate flag flies near the South Carolina Statehouse, June 19, 2015 (AP Photo)
The Confederate flag flies near the South Carolina Statehouse, June 19, 2015 (AP Photo)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (New York Times) — The South Carolina House opened debate Wednesday on the fate of the Confederate battle flag, with political leaders of both parties hoping to do what would have been politically impossible only weeks ago and remove the flag from its perch near the State House.

With the flag perhaps facing its final days outside the Capitol, lawmakers putting up a last ditch resistance have been circulating drafts of dozens of amendments intended to stop the rush to remove the flag and send it to the nearby Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.

“The truth is that any amendment either leaves the flag up or keeps us in legislative session all summer long,” said Representative Norman D. Brannon, a Republican who has called for the flag’s removal.

Some of the draft amendments call for other Confederate symbols to fly in lieu of the battle flag. Another is expected to demand that the American flag, which flies atop the State House dome, be placed upside down.

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