MSNBC's Chris Hayes confronted former South Carolina governor, Rep. Mark Sanford over his support of the Confederate flag continuing to fly in his state. It's always pathetic to hear these apologists make excuses for this blatant racism, and to try to excuse it as a matter of "heritage" or "state rights" when that "heritage" and "right" meant the "right" to own another person and treat them as something less than a human being.
It's long past time that the Confederate flag is removed from the state capitol, but that hasn't seemed to register with their elected officials, and sadly won't any time soon, as this interview makes clear: Chris Hayes Confronts Mark Sanford About Confederate Flag: Flying ‘Symbol of Tyranny’:
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes confronted former South Carolina governor and current congressman Mark Sanford about why a “symbol of tyranny” and “white supremacy” and “domination” continues to fly from the capitol to this day.
Sanford argued that to another part of the population, “it’s a symbol of heritage” and state’s rights and the sacrifices of their ancestors. Hayes shot back that there’s clearly a connection between the symbolism of that flag and the horrible, racist actions of the Charleston killer.
Sanford insisted the shooter is an “outlier” and talked about making racial progress in South Carolina in other ways. Hayes was just really bothered by the strange resistance to taking it down in the first place.