“I cannot believe that we do not have the heart in this body to do something meaningful, such as take a symbol of hate off these grounds on Friday!”
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Rep. Jenny Horne's impassioned speech is now being hailed as the turning point in the historic decision by South Carolina to take down the Confederate flag.
Horne -- a descendant of none other than Confederate President Jefferson Davis -- shouted through tears that the flag must go.
“I am a descendant of Jefferson Davis, okay? But that does not matter. It's not about Jenny Horne. It's about the people of South Carolina, who have demanded that this symbol of hate come off of the statehouse grounds,” she said.
The Confederate flag was displayed by the accused shooter in the massacre at a Charleston church last month.
Horne, 42, is married and has two children. She got a standing ovation.
At 1 a.m. Wednesday, the South Carolina legislature voted overwhelmingly, 94 yes to 20 no, to remove the Confederate flag. According to The New York Times, Gov. Nikki R. Haley signed a law on Thursday removing the flag from capitol grounds.
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