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We still gotta ask, What took so long? On July 8, the South Carolina House approved a bill to remove the Confederate flag from the state’s capital grounds and today (July 10) around 11am ET it was finally lowered after 50 years.

Reports the New York Times:

The flag came down amid heavy security and loud cheers at a Friday morning event that followed days of emotional debate in the State Legislature and, on Thursday, the final approval of Gov. Nikki R. Haley, who had pledged that the symbol would be lowered “with dignity.”

Shielded across the decades by both Democrats and Republicans, the flag left its pole outside the State House only 23 days after nine black churchgoers were killed at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Antebellum flavored racist are seriously mad. Oh well. We also would have passed on all the pomp and circumstance, but so long as it’s heading to collect dust in storage, so be it.

Check out photos of the flag being lowered on the following pages.

Photo: AP

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