After weeks of vigorous debate, South Carolina's capitol removed the Confederate battle flag from a Confederate soldier monument on the statehouse grounds.
Its removal was possible after the state's House of Representatives voted 94-20 on Thursday to remove the flag from the grounds. That vote followed the state Senate's vote in favor of the move.
Courage in South Carolina – a divisive symbol comes down. The healing continues. God bless the Mother Emanuel victims and their families.— VP Biden (Archived) (@VP44) July 10, 2015
South Carolina taking down the confederate flag - a signal of good will and healing, and a meaningful step towards a better future.— President Obama (@POTUS44) July 10, 2015
The decision to remove the flag took less than a month, and was sparked by the June shooting of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina at the hands of Dylann Roof. Roof allegedly admitted to having racist motives for his attack, and pictures of him surfaced later that showed him next to his car, which had images of the flag on it.
While South Carolina has acted, the debate over the flag has spread across the country, and even to the United States Capitol. On Thursday, the House had to delay a vote on a spending bill after members started fighting over whether the bill should include language to strip all images of the flag from the Capitol.
President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden tweeted after the flag came down: