Confederate Flags Removed From Alabama State Capitol: “This Is The Right Thing To Do”
Just two days after South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate Flag from Capitol grounds, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has chosen to follow suit.
According to Alabama.com, of the Confederate Flags were quietly removed from the state’s Capitol grounds by two workers at approximately 8:20 am Wednesday morning. Once those flags were removed, workers proceeded to remove other Civil War-era flags.
Shortly after the removal of the flags, Gov. Bentley exited the building so that he could make his way to a scheduled appearance. When asked by reporters if he ordered that the flags be taken down, he replied:
“Yes, I did.”
According to Bentley, the decision was “partially” due to the Mother Emanuel AME Church tragedy.
“Yes, partially this is about that,” he said. “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.”
This is certainly a step in the right direction.