Greer Chamber supports removal of Confederate flag from State House grounds

Published on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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Greer Chamber supports removal of Confederate flag from State House grounds
In the aftermath of last week’s tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina has proven itself to be as resilient a state as it is caring. The horrific shooting has caused many to question the presence of a confederate flag on State House grounds, and while our main focus is, and will continue to be, the victims and their families, opportunities for change should not be disregarded.   

At 4 o’clock yesterday, Governor Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from State House grounds. While we understand the flag represents heritage to some, to many, it represents hurt. The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Executive Board voted to support the removal of such a divisive symbol from our state grounds, and hope the necessary steps to complete this process will be taken swiftly so an already grieving state may continue to heal.

While the governor’s announcement is welcomed, our continued thoughts and prayers are with the families of the nine victims and the entire state. Our state is a perfect example of ingenuity and collaboration, and we will focus on coming together as a state under the American flag and our State flag. This action will help to not only bring South Carolina together, but to honor the memories of those lost.



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