Even Alabama is getting in on the whole “the Confederate flag is bad look” trend. The state’s governor, Robert Bentley, ordered that the rebel flag of the Confederacy (news flash: they lost the Civil War) on the Capitol grounds to be taken down.
Two workers came out of the Capitol building about 8:20 a.m. and with no fanfare quickly and quietly took the flag down. They declined to answer questions.
Moments later Gov. Bentley emerged from the Capitol on his way to an appearance in Hackleburg. Asked if he had ordered the flag taken down, the governor said, “Yes I did.”
Asked his reasons for taking it down and if it included what happened in Charleston last week, the governor said, “Yes, partially this is about that. This is the right thing to do. We are facing some major issues in this state regarding the budget and other matters that we need to deal with. This had the potential to become a major distraction as we go forward. I have taxes to raise, we have work to do. And it was my decision that the flag needed to come down.”
Although Nikki Haley called for the Confederate flag to be removed from Charleston’s capitol grounds a couple of days ago, it still needs to be approved, which reportedly will take weeks.
We’ve seen such swindles before: look up “with all deliberate speed.”
See more images of this particular flag getting the heave ho in the following pages. Good riddance.
Photo: AP Photo