South Carolina Confederate Monument Protection Law Upheld
In SummaryThe protection law was passed in 2000, which was seen as a compromise to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House dome.
The South Carolina Protection Law, passed in 2000 to remove the Confederate flag from the top of the dome at the State House, was upheld by the state’s Supreme Court.
“As individual citizens — even Justices — we might look back on these events and wish the negotiations had been handled differently. The reality, however, is the Heritage Act brought the Confederate flag down from atop the seat of South Carolina sovereignty,” associate Justice John Cannon Few wrote in the ruling.
The ruling, however, consisted of provisions. The South Carolina Supreme Court justices slashed requirements of needing two-thirds of the General Assembly to approve a move or name change of Confederate monuments.
The decision also cemented South Carolina’s Heritage Act, which stopped colleges and local governments from removing statues honoring Civil War soldiers or segregationists. A reckoning ensued after the death of George Floyd, which sparked an outcry to remove all Confederate statues.
The argument against the removal of Confederate statues was due to those seeing the statues as symbols of racism.
Lawmakers removed the Confederate flag in South Carolina in 2015 after Dylann Roof massacred nine Black church members at a Charleston church.
“The voice of the majority can now be heard about which statues and names best reflect our values and heritage,” said Sen. Gerald Malloy. “The road to justice is a long one that takes constant care. Today’s decision gets us further on our journey.”