by: Maynard Institute
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s call for removal of the Confederate battle flag from the state Capitol grounds Monday continues a decades-long fight in which the state’s newspapers have played a role, though it was not always clear whether they were leading or reflecting public opinion.
“Two decades ago, [The State’s] editorial board began a campaign to remove the Confederate flag from the State House dome, when the issue divided the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor. Our argument was two-fold: It was flying inappropriately in a position of sovereignty, and it was needlessly dividing our people,” the State, based in the state capital of Columbia, editorialized in October.