Sons of Confederate Veterans releases statement on Confederate flag removal

Posted: Jul 09, 2015 2:24 PM CST

Confederate flag (File) COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) – The Sons of Confederate Veterans, a group of descendants of Confederate soldiers, spoke out Thursday about the removal of the flag from Statehouse grounds.

Following three reads and debates through Thursday morning, the bill to remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol passed both the state House and Senate chambers.

Governor Nikki Haley announced she will sign the bill into law at 4 p.m. Thursday during a ceremony.

Following these developments, the Sons of Confederate Veterans released a statement expressing their dismay over the decision.

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Commander in Chief Charles Kelly Barrow said in the statement the Sons of Confederate Veterans are, “broken hearted at the act of senseless evil that took the lives of 9 beautiful souls at the Emanuel AME Church.

“It was the work of a deranged racist who wished to provoke the kind of disharmony and division that has been unintentionaly created by this hastily conceived legislative act,” Barrow said.

The group said the removal of the flag is, “not the courageous way to build bridges to the future.”

“No political act can erase the memory of these brave and good men,” Barrow said. “And as this particular flag comes down, thousands more are being lifted, for the St. Andrews Cross stands not for hate, but for love.”

To read the full statement from the Sons of Confederate Veterans, click here.

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