'Enough About Heritage': GOP Descendant of Jefferson Davis Makes Mark in Vote to Take Down Confederate Flag
It is a descendant of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America, who gets the credit for turning the tide in an early morning South Carolina House debate over the future of the Confederate flag flying on the front lawn of the state capitol.
South Carolina State House member Jenny Horne’s (R) late-night emotional plea came during a stormy 13-hour legislative session.
“I cannot believe that we do not have the heart in this body to do something meaningful such as take a symbol of hate off these grounds,” Horne said while fighting back tears on the floor of the State House.
“If any of you vote to amend,” she continued, “you will ensure that this flag will continue to fly. For the widow of Sen. Pinckney and his two young daughters that would be adding insult to injury and I will not be a part of it.”
Sen. Clementa Pinckney was the first to be killed in the June 17 shooting inside the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C.
The State House decision to pull down the Confederate flag from the state capitol followed an intense debate the day before in the Senate.
“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,” said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R).
But it was also evident that some minds will never be changed.
Randy Burbage, a past commander of the South Carolina division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, called the Senate vote “a tragic decision for the history of the state.”
“There’s a sudden onslaught of historic genocide of everything Confederate,” Burbage told the Post and Courier.
The hyperbolic drive to pull down Confederate flags across the nation, as well as in South Carolina, was the result of the massacre that claimed the lives of Sen. Pinckney and eight others.
Some in the South Carolina legislature, like Burbage, argued it was a mistake to tie the Confederate flag to that crime.