Statement by Dr. Lonnie Randolph, Jr.
President, SC State Conference, NAACP

take it down 2015

Protesters hold a sign during a rally to take down the Confederate flag at the South Carolina Statehouse, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Columbia, S.C.(AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)


The NAACP learned this morning of an attempt by two apparently well-intentioned individuals to remove the Confederate flag from its present place on the State House grounds. The SCNAACP has for better than a decade been the leading and often solitary advocate for the retirement of the Confederate flag to a museum as a relic of South Carolina’s past. Impatience must always be tempered by purpose and prudence. Given the actions of the South Carolina General Assembly in the last several days, we ask everyone who shares our impatience and our disapproval of the flag to be patient and permit the General Assembly the opportunity to take its vote in July to at last remove this hurtful symbol from the people’s State House.

This is not yet the time for civil disobedience, but a time for grieving over the tragedy in Charleston and a reflection on symbols and the hatred they fuel. As we move toward an ordained solution, we ask for patience and continued focus and discussion of the intolerance of some that opened the eyes of many through tragedy.


The South Carolina State Conference is the largest nonpartisan civil rights organization in South Carolina. Our units are located in every county in the state including all major municipalities. Our mission is to end race discrimination in all sectors of American society and bring about equality of justice and equal opportunity for all citizens. Through various initiatives we seek to impact voter participation, education, community development, criminal justice, healthcare, housing, youth leadership, economic empowerment and citizen involvement.

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