SC Governor Defends Confederate flag at Statehouse by Pointing Out “Not a Single CEO Has Complained”
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (Republican) said Tuesday that there was no need to remove the Confederate battle flag from statehouse grounds. It was not an issue for CEOs, and the state fixed racist perceptions by electing an Indian-American governor.
Haley retorted by claiming that the Confederate flag has not kept companies from coming to the state.
During a South Carolina gubernatorial debate, Democratic candidate Sen. Vincent Sheheen called on the flag to be retired to a museum.
Sheheen said, “I think the people of South Carolina are tired of having an image across America that’s not truly who we are, rally together under a flag that unites us all, the American flag, that looks toward the future, and not the past.”
Haley believes the Confederate flag is a sensitive issue and explained, “What I can tell you is over the last three and a half years, I spent a lot of my days on the phone 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.”
Haley said that she had tried to improve the perception of the state by mandating employees to answer the phone with the phrase, “It’s a great day in South Carolina.”
She explains, “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.”