According to some, the Confederate flag is a symbol of racism. According to others, it is a symbol of Southern heritage. Regardless what your opinion is, the South Carolina state legislature has voted in favor of removing the banner from its state Capitol grounds. State lawmakers issued the vote during a late-night legislative session on Thursday evening.

The Confederate flag was flown during the American Civil War during the 1860s. Now, in South Carolina, the symbol will only be displayed in the State Capitol's military museum in the relic room.

Governor Nikki Haley Will Sign the Measure into Law

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has vowed to sign the new measure into law. She posted a comment on her Facebook page Thursday evening, which said, "it is a new day in South Carolina, a day we can all be proud of, a day that truly brings us all together as we continue to heal, as one people and one state."

Removal of Flag Inspired by Recent Church Shooting Massacre

The bill was passed approximately three weeks following the vicious shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a church on June 17, while they were attending a Bible study class. The white gunman who murdered the worshipers at a predominantly black congregation, said that he committed the gruesome murders due to his hatred of African Americans.

The 21-year-old shooter published a racist manifesto on a website along with a picture of himself with a Confederate flag. This caused a great deal of uproar and anger against the banner and helped to fastrack the Confederate flag's elimination from the South Carolina Capitol. Retaliation against the Confederate flag continues, as a number of Southern politicians and different corporations are calling out for new laws to remove it from view. We will likely see its removal from other political and commercial venues as in the coming months.

What Do You Think About the Confederate Flag?

Do you view the Confederate flag as symbol that goes against civil rights and supports racism? Or is the flag a symbol of Southern cultural and historic heritage? Please let us know what you think in the comments section below!