The Columbia Chamber Supports Removal of the Confederate Flag from Statehouse Grounds
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Columbia Chamber today issued the following statement on the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds.
On Wednesday, June 17, 2015 an act of pure hatred tore the heart of South Carolina apart and changed the lives of many. Nine innocent people lost their lives and our community and our state as a whole will never be the same.
“We are not going to allow others to use the Confederate flag as a symbol which divides us,” said Columbia Chamber President Carl Blackstone. “It’s now time to remove the flag. I’m calling on our partners to reach out to their elected officials and have their voices heard in supporting the removal of the Confederate flag.”
This unimaginable tragedy was intended to create a disastrous divide amongst South Carolinians, yet our resilient community came together to heal in a way our state has never seen before. The Confederate flag is a part of South Carolina’s undeniable history and more appropriately belongs memorialized in a museum.
Only united can South Carolina rebuild after this insurmountable heartbreak.
About the Columbia Chamber
The Columbia Chamber is a private, non-profit, partner-driven organization comprised of 1,500 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals in Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry and Richland counties. The Columbia Chamber serves as the voice of its partners and the business community at large on matters of economic, educational, social, cultural and political concern, as well as supports and promotes the success of its partners through networking, professional development, advocacy and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 1902.
To become a partner or to learn more about the Columbia Chamber, as well as its events, programs and initiatives, visit www.ColumbiaChamber.com.