South Carolina lawmakers consider legislation to remove the Confederate battle flag from state house grounds on Monday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: South Carolina state legislators are debating the fate of the Confederate battle flag, which flies on the grounds of the state house. The debate comes after numerous elected officials, including Republican Governor Nikki Haley, called for the flag's removal. Attention was drawn to the flag after the June 17 massacre of nine African-American members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston. The shooting took the life of the church's pastor, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who was also a state Senator. The accused church shooter was seen in online images discovered after the shooting, posing with handguns and a confederate battle flag. Senator Lee Bright, a Republican from Spartanburg is opposed to removing the flag. "It means a lot of different things to different people, but I believe a majority of South Carolinians would like to see it up, and I believe I'm speaking for a majority of South Carolinians," Bright said. Senator Darrell Jackson, an African-American Democrat from Richland, S.C. said that other lawmakers cannot force people to "have the passion" that they do for the flag. "When I see a Confederate soldier, I don't get goosebumps and feel all warm and fuzzy," Jackson said.