South Carolina Rep. Jenny Horne Gives Emotional Speech Supporting The Removal Of The Confederate Flag
|South Carolina Rep. Jenny Horne Gives Emotional Speech |
Supporting The Removal Of The Confederate Flag
Nothing was going to keep the lawmaker from getting the Confederate flag taken down. Not her fellow Republican representatives, many of whom weren't in favor of its removal. Not her deep South Carolina roots.
Not even the fact that Confederate president Jefferson Davis is her ancestor.
|Jenny Horne Gives|
She hadn't prepared anything to say. But she couldn't hold back anymore.
“I cannot believe that we do not have the heart in this body to do something meaningful, such as take a symbol of hate off these grounds on Friday!” Horne shouted through tears from the House floor.
The debate came just weeks after the shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., where nine black church members, including S.C. State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, were killed during a Bible study session.
The alleged gunman, Dylann Roof, was seen waving Confederate flags in photos posted to social media before the rampage.
|Sen. Clementa Pinckney|
After Horne’s impassioned speech, the House approved by a 94-20 vote the Senate bill, which calls for removal of the flag within 24 hours of Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signing it into law.
Haley is expected to sign the bill Thursday afternoon.
She added: “I am so proud to be a South Carolinian, and proud of what South Carolina has done to move this state forward.”
Earlier, some of Horne’s House colleagues argued that the flag was a symbol of their heritage — and not racism.
“I grew up holding that flag in reverence because of the stories of my ancestors carrying that flag into battle,” Rep. Michael Pitts said. “I’m willing to move that flag at some point if it causes a twinge in the hearts of my friends. But I’ll ask for something in return.”
Horne wasn’t buying it.
“I’m sorry, I have heard enough about heritage,” she said on the House floor. “Remove this flag, and do it today. Because this issue is not getting any better with age.”