AP Photo/John Bazemore
AP Photo/John Bazemore
Today, in a (very very) long overdue ceremony, South Carolina removed the Confederate flag from the capitol grounds.
The movement for the state to disassociate itself from what many believe is a symbol of racism has been going for decades now, but it picked up steam following last month's Charleston church shooting. Thousands of revelers gathered at the capitol today to watch the historic moment, and to say the crowd was jubilant would be an understatement.
In fact, it seemed that the joy at the flag removal basically matched that of the ticker tape parade going down a few states over in celebration of the women's soccer team. The crowd even borrowed from a much-loved sports tradition, singing "Hey hey hey...goodbye" as the flag was lowered. Because if this occasion isn't cause for celebration, then what is?
Revelers at the ceremony took to Twitter to share pictures from the big event, and those who weren't lucky enough to be there in person shared their joy digitally, too.
Thank you SC for proving that you longer stand behind a tradition of racism. You've won the war and honored your dead. #ConfederateTakeDown— SL,UT (@UtahMamah) July 10, 2015
Though the #ConfederateTakeDown isn't the answer to all our problems...it is a step. Instead of seeing negativity, look at it as a positive.— Professional lurker. (@DubOnDaBeatz) July 10, 2015
Hey, Sarah Palin! "That Hopey Changey Thing" is working out pretty well for me right now... #ConfederateTakeDown— FREEYONCÉ (@kevinrfree) July 10, 2015
In honor of the #ConfederateTakeDown, I vow to hunt down my first car and peel the DUKAKIS/ BENTSEN sticker off the bumper.— Ron Davis (@Rondeand) July 10, 2015
But today's big moment didn't elicit just happy times—it truly brought out all the feels. There are plenty of people who are quick to point out that even though the flag takedown was a great message, it's just one tiny step in a whole marathon of civil rights. The country still has a long, long way to go before everybody is equal, and many tweeters wanted to send a somber reminder that there is a lot of work left to do.
A bit tired of SC GOPers congratulating themselves for a basic act of decency that should have happened long ago. #ConfederateTakeDown— Liam Moore (@Trepanatus) July 10, 2015
I'm so glad, with that flag taken down, that racism is finally a thing of the past. #ConfederateTakeDown Problem solved.— Jim Pence (@PenceJames) July 10, 2015
Just a reminder: South Carolina is still showing that flag an awful lot of goddamn respect while taking it down. #ConfederateTakeDown— mat catastrophe (@matcatastrophe) July 10, 2015
#ConfederateTakeDown Honor guard? The proper way to remove that flag is to yank it off the pole, rip it up, spit on it, set if aflame, grin— Harold Itzkowitz (@HaroldItz) July 10, 2015
Does the #ConfederateTakeDown make it safer for Black People to go to Bible Study on Wednesday?— Gazi Kodzo (@GodGazi) July 10, 2015