South Carolina’s top politicians favor removing the Confederate flag from state house grounds, but there are some people still defending the flag as a symbol of Southern heritage. Pat Hines, the chairman of the South Carolina League of the South, attempted such a defense on CNN tonight.
He told Don Lemon it’s a “memorial to our ancestors,” to the skepticism of South Carolina State Senator Marlon Kimpson and CNN’s Sunny Hostin. They and Lemon were baffled at Hines questioning the presence of the American flag at the capitol.
Kimpson said it’s good that people are finally tackling this “divisive symbol,” but Hines shot back by saying people like him are “moving to do cultural genocide on the Southern men and women.”
Hostin then proceeded to rip Hines a new one, calling that “so absurd” because the flag “represents terror and intimidation of African-Americans in that state.”
Watch the full segment below, via CNN:
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