The fight to have the Confederate flag, seen by many as a searing symbol of the South's racist past, removed from the South Carolina statehouse, has caught fire now that the state's Republican governor has made a bold call to take it down.
The demand for the flag to go surged after a young racist who wrapped himself in the flag killed nine black church members at "Mother Emanuel" A.M.E. Church, a Charleston house of worship that is rich in history and meaning for African-Americans.
Gov. Nikki Haley's tweet made her position clear: "July 4th is just around the corner. It will be fitting that our state Capitol will soon fly the flags of our country & state, and no others."
Haley, 43, is considered a rising star in the Republican party and on Monday did, as The Times said "what just a week ago seemed politically impossible."
Haley more than just tweeted her call. She held a news conference surrounded by Democratic and GOP lawmakers, black and white.
The state's two U.S. senators -- Lindsey Graham, who is white, and Tim Scott, an African-American, backed Haley's call. Both are also Republican.