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Roger F. Wicker

The Confederate flag: Where it flies, where it's coming down and why it's still used

The Confederate flag: Where it flies, where it's coming down and why it's still used

A strong push to remove the Confederate battle flag from Capitol grounds in South Carolina and Alabama — as well as the shelves of major retailers — was sparked by the racially motivated killings of nine people inside a historic black church last week.

Long a controversial symbol, the flag can be seen in photos of the accused shooter, Dylann Roof. Roof, 21, used a "Stars and Bars" license plate holder on his car and can be seen waving the battle flag in other shots. Roof's apparent embrace of the flag has energized its opponents and caused some politicians to rethink their previous support for its use.

Over the years, the Confederate battle flag has...

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