In the days since a tragic shooting killed nine parishioners at a Charleston, S.C., church, national media outlets have seized on a peripheral conversation about the display of a Confederate flag near the state’s Capitol building.
Several reports surfaced Wednesday, shortly after slain Pastor Clementa Pinckney’s body was laid in honor inside the Capitol, pointing out that his casket was carried past that Confederate flag on the way to the viewing. While some reporters obviously saw this development as newsworthy, recent information indicates Pinckney supported the Confederate flag’s display at the Statehouse.
As a state senator, Pinckney cast a vote in favor of House Resolution 5028, which related “to the permanent placement of the United States Flag, the South Carolina State Flag, and the South Carolina Infantry Battle Flag of the Confederate States of America” and was signed into law in 2000.
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