Alabama's governor quickly and quietly ordered the removal of the Confederate flags displayed on his state capitol's grounds removed Wednesday, according to AL.Com.
The action came barely a week after the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, allegedly by a 21-year-old who used the civil war battle banner as his own. He reportedly told investigators he wanted to trigger a race war in the United States by gunning own nine African-American churchgoers.
"Yes, partially this is about that," Gov. Robert Bentley (R) told the website. "This is the right thing to do. We are facing some major issues in this state regarding the budget and other matters that we need to deal with. This had the potential to become a major distraction as we go forward. I have taxes to raise, we have work to do. And it was my decision that the flag needed to come down."
A spokeswoman for Bentley said the removal is permanent. She quoted the governor saying it was "the right thing to do." The flag had been displayed at the foot of the confederate memorial.
A spokeswoman for Bentley said the removal is permanent. She quoted the governor saying it was "the right thing to do."
South Carolina's governor has begun the process of gaining legislative approval for removal of the flag from that state's capitol grounds.
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