The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on Saturday announced that it had voted to end the boycott of South Carolina, after the state removed the Confederate flag from public grounds.
The human rights organisation had been carrying out a boycott on South Carolina since 2000 because the Confederate flag was flying on the grounds of the state house in Columbia.
The resolution to end the boycott passed two days after South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed a bill ordering the removal of the Confederate Flag from the State capitol.
In their boycott resolution, the NAACP referred to the Confederate flag as “a symbol of racial, ethnic and religious hatred, oppression, and murder which offends untold millions of people.”
Originally, the flag represented the secessionist southern states during the American Civil War. However, for many people, the flag represents racism because the states had an enslaved labour force.
The flag’s racist impression was consolidated after a picture of 21-year-old Dylan Roof, who is facing nine counts of murder of black church members, emerged waving the flag.
While the flag was said to be placed on the South Carolina state capitol in 1961 as part of Civil War centennial commemorations, many believe that it was an opposition sign during the black civil rights movement.
Before signing the flag bill, Governor Haley touched upon how the black victims of Charleston shootings welcomed the white man into their prayer meeting at Emanuel African Methodist Church before the terrible incident.
Haley, a Republican governor who had previously opposed the taking down of the flag, said that the incident lead to flag’s removal in less than a month.
The NAACP announced the lifting of boycott as an emergency resolution, stating that the removal of the flag was clearly a victory for the human rights organisation, which has been requesting that South Carolina remove the Confederate Flag since 1999.
However, the NAACP stated that although the recent progress is a defeat for white-supremacists, there still are “battles to be fought in other states and jurisdictions where emblems of hate and oppression continue to be celebrated.”