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VIDEO: Jefferson Davis descendent, Rep. Jenny Horne, doomed hate flag

"I cannot believe that we do not have the heart in this body to do something."

When a bunch of Confederate flag dead-enders tried to throw roadblocks in front of the Take It Down measure in South Carolina, it took an emotional speech by a Republican descendent of Jefferson Davis to shame them all.
Rep. Jenny Horne is being widely praised for standing up against the defenders of the flag, which many see as a symbol of racism, lynchings, and segregation.
The white supremacist charged in the June 17 killings of nine black members of a Charleston, S.C. church wrapped himself in the flag.
Horne came to tears as she scolded the Confederate flag loyalists in the State House, all of them fellow Republicans.

"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," Horne cried.

She cited the death of the pastor the pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church, State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine allegedly shot dead by Dylann Roof, 21, who was formally indicted Tuesday on nine counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder.


The Republicans opponents of the measure were trying to amend the bill, which procedurally could have delayed the vote to the fall.

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Horned noted she was a descendent of Jefferson Davis, who was president of the Confederacy in the Civil War.

"If any of you vote to amend, you are ensuring that this flag will fly beyond Friday," she said. "And for the widow of Sen. Pinckney and his two young daughters, that would be adding insult to injury, and I will not be a part of it."

The bill had already been passed by Pinckney’s Senate colleagues; in the pre-dawn hours today, it passed the House by a margin of 94-20.
It now goes to Governor Nikki Haley to be signed into law later in the day.
“It wasn't easy. It wasn't without emotion. But I'm so proud of my colleagues for doing the right thing,” Horne tweeted.
“The Confederate flag is coming down.”

John A. Oswald is editor-at-large at Metro and can be found on Twitter@nyc_oz.
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