Unless you’re a CEO in South Carolina, your opinion apparently does not matter. Of course, while that’s true for the whole country, it was nevertheless nice of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to spell it out for us.
Haley made the remark while defending the placement of a Confederate battle flag over the Statehouse grounds, adding that the state had “fixed” racist perceptions by electing an Indian-American governor.
Haley defended the flag during an election year debate with her Democratic opponent, Senator Vincent Sheheen, who said the flag should be retired to a museum.
Personally, I think it should be retried to a firepit or garbage dump, since it’s not just a symbol for treason, feudalism, and timocratic idiocy in general, it’s also a symbol for slavery, racism, and oppression. The only good thing that can from that flag is the warmth it gives off being burned as refuse.
Sheheen was more “diplomatic” about this issue than I am. He said that the “people of South Carolina are tired of having an image across America that’s not truly who we are” and that everyone should “rally together under a flag that unites us all, the American flag, that looks towards the future, not the past.”
Haley responded that the Confederate battle flag was a “sensitive issue,” noting that:
What I can tell you is over the last three and a half years, I spent a lot of my days on the phones with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state. I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag.
Well, that’s good to know; God forbid we upset any of potential donors for her campaign. She added that she was trying to improve the state’s perception by ordering the employees to answer the phone with the phrase “It’s a great day in South Carolina,” and insisted:
But we really kind of fixed all that when you elected the first Indian-American female governor. When we appointed the first African-American U.S. senator, that sent a huge message.
“What do you mean I’m racist? I can’t possibly be racist, I have a Black best friend!”
The libertarian, Steve French, said that he believed in the concept of “individual liberty” when it came to the battle flag, noting that he was okay with people who “want to paint [their] house in the Confederate flag” but disagreed with Haley on the issue of businesses, noting (accurately) that the state was precieved as a “backwoods good ol’ boy network.”
He added, “And that flag, I think, represents a lot of division in this state, and we need to be coming together.”
You can watch the video below: