(NEW YORK) — The NAACP announced on Saturday an end to its 15 year boycott of the state of South Carolina, after the Confederate Battle Flag was removed from the state’s capitol this week.
Calling the flag’s removal “a victory for the NAACP and a defeat for promoters of hate,” the organization announced it would end the boycott that it called for in 1999. Still, the NAACP admitted “there are still battles to be fought in other states and jurisdictions where emblems of hate and oppression continue to be celebrated.”
The flag’s removal came a few weeks after nine people were shot and killed at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The alleged shooter, Dylann Roof, expressed hatred in an online manifesto. That hatred, the NAACP says, was “fueled by the Confederate Battle Flag and all that it stands for.”
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