Wednesday, July 8, 2015

BREAKING: South Carolina Moves to Ban Confederate Flag Tattoos

South Carolina's Senate has passed a bill to remove the Confederate Flag from the state capitol in Columbia,all public buildings,and offensive tattoos from people's bodies.

It was put forward after the flag was linked to a gunman who killed nine people at a Charleston church in June.

The flag is seen by some as an icon of slavery and racism while others say it symbolises US heritage and history,and really looks cool.

The flag was originally the battle flag of the southern states in the American Civil War when they tried to break away from northern aggression.

The bipartisan bill would remove the flag from the South Carolina State House, where the legislature sits and ban the flag from all public buildings.

Governor Nikki Haley has also asked the federal government for matching funds to set up tattoo removal clinics,administered by the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help citizens remove these symbols from their bodies.

"I don't think that this is going to be easy. I don't think that it's going to be painless,people love their rebel flag tattoos" Haley told Fox News on Saturday in her first network interview since calling for the flag's removal. "But I do think that it will be respectful, and that it will move swiftly.I see women coming out first to have their tattoos removed because it just makes them look like tramps"

The Confederate flag has flown in South Carolina's capital since 1961. Removing the Civil War-era icon requires a two-thirds vote from both chambers of the General Assembly — no easy feat in a state steeped in Southern tradition.

It is estimated that nearly 20% of the adult population have tattoos and make of them and images of the controversial battle flag.

On Friday, pro-Confederate robocalls went out to some homes in South Carolina calling on voters to contact their state representative to "not stand with leftist fanatics who want to destroy the South and take our tattoos away" reported The Herald newspaper in South Carolina.

An anti-Confederate tattoo rally was planned for Saturday afternoon in Charleston.

"If they could be peacemakers in those dire circumstances... I determined I can be a peacemaker when it comes to a silly tattoo.I am taking my girlfriend to the removal clinic today and have the one removed from her lower back," Republican Senator Chip Campsen said.

Removing the Confederate flag is just "the beginning" of the work needed on race relations, said Nikki Haley, who was born to immigrant Indian alcoholic parents.

"You always want to think that today is better than yesterday, that we're growing as a state, we're growing as a country," she said. "When something like this happens, you reflect and you say, 'How do I get this ugly thing off my body?'"