Yet, survivors stand strong, tall, and resilient. In the days that followed, many resolved to turn this shocking revelation about hate into a proactive campaign to do something that is long overdue: take down a symbol that has divided us today, as much as it did 150 years ago.
“Take the down the flag” peppered demonstrations all across the area.
I watched the dialog bounce about in the media and in the statehouse concerning the confederate flag. The world witnessed divisions as inflexible as the red clay in the Piedmont and as sonorous as the ocean on our southern border.
Yet some remained silent.
Silence is not necessarily golden. Much of what happens in the midst of quiet is corrupt. Only when light shines in those nasty crevices, those dimly lit meetings, where decision makers huddle, do we truly know what free speech is about.
Paired with free speech is liberty, responsibility and justice. I am reminded that freedom comes at a price, it is our responsibility to keep that vision alive.
Today, I can say South Carolina has met an obligation, a responsibility, to its people, the nation, and the world.