COLUMBIA — The Confederate battle flag will return to the South Carolina Statehouse on Monday for the second anniversary of when it was removed in the wake of the murder of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
The S.C. Secessionist Party will host a flag-raising for an event marking “two years since the initiation of the politically correct cultural genocide we have seen sweep across the Southland,” organizers wrote on Facebook.
(Yawn… – Ed.) Convicted Emanuel AME shooter Dylann Roof was seen posing with the flag in pictures posted online. His acts helped fuel a nationwide backlash against the Confederate flag, including from merchants who stopped selling items with the Civil War banner.
S.C. Secessionist Party founder and president James Bessenger said he plans to hold the event and raise the Confederate flag every year as a reminder that South Carolinians did not get a chance to have their voices heard before lawmakers voted to remove the flag from the Statehouse grounds.
The event also is a reminder that the state has not displayed the banner in the S.C. Confederate Relic Room, he said.
Displaying the flag in the museum was part of the compromise made when the General Assembly passed the bill that removed the banner from next to the Confederate Soldier Monument along Gervais Street.
“We’re going to keep doing this every year,” he said, stressing he does not want to go an entire year without the flag flying at the Statehouse…