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South Carolinians on why the Confederate flag must be taken down

Fusion

On Saturday, more than 1,500 gathered in Columbia, South Carolina, for the “Take It Down” rally, demanding that the Confederate flag be removed from the State Capitol. The rally comes days after a white man killed nine black church members in Charleston.

Planned through a Facebook event page created the morning after the massacre, the event included speakers such as Dr. Lonnie Randolph, president of the South Carolina chapter of the NAACP, and civil rights activist Sarah Leverette, along with other concerned citizens and organizers.

“You look up here at this flag, and you see what pain it causes to these people,” Tom Hall, a filmmaker and rally organizer, told Fusion.

Take a look below and hear what those in attendance had to say.

Juan Pacheco, 17, Richland Northeast High School student

[img attachment=”154417″ align=”alignnone” size=”full” alt=”take-down-pacheco” credit=”Jonathan Sharpe” /]

“The state of South Carolina is very backwards. And i feel…

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