As a young citizen of South Carolina I am proud to have witnessed the confederate flag rag, a symbol of racism white supremacy be removed from the state house grounds at Columbia on this day, although it’s sad that it took the lost of 9 Black lives to finally get it removed. The battle to remove this flag has waged for decades (54 years). In 2000, the Black citizens of South Carolina and Blacks from around the country gathered at Columbia to protest and march for its removal. Moreover, the then Republican Gov. David Beasley supported the removal of the flag (which is why his political career ended) but all this yielded no results. The flag was removed from the top of the state house onto the grounds, which could be seen even better by both citizens and visitors. The rag has cause the state to loose billions of dollars in economic and job opportunities. Many believe (I do too) that this removal will give the state a clean slate as far as economics and jobs go, however, the rag still has its many supporters who continue to spout that it’s their “heritage” and will still find ways to obtain it, fly it, or showcase it in some other form (i.e., bumper stickers) on their personal property.That’s not going to change. Yes, it’s their “heritage,” the heritage of racism white supremacy. I’m glad it’s out of site (sort of; it being placed in a local museum). The struggle continues!