delivered 22 June 2015
want to talk a little bit about the heart of our State. I want to talk about the
people of South Carolina Iím so proud to serve."
"We are a State that has held tight
to our traditions and continue to grow and change in ways that move us forward.
We were recently named the friendliest State in the country; and the most
patriotic, too. American flags flap proudly from home to home in South
"On matters of race, South Carolina
has a tough history...That brings me to the subject of the confederate flag that
flies on the statehouse grounds."
"For many people in our State the
flag stands for traditions that are noble -- traditions of history, of heritage
and of ancestry."
"Those South Carolinians view the
flag as a symbol of respect, integrity, and duty. They also see it as a
memorial: a way to honor ancestors who came to the service of their State during
time of conflict."
"At the same time, for many others in
South Carolina, the flag is a deeply offensive symbol of a brutally oppressive
"As a State, we can survive and
indeed we can thrive as we have done whilst still being home to both of those
viewpoints. We do not need to declare a winner and a loser here. We respect
freedom of expression, and that for those who wish to show their respect for the
flag on their private property, no one will stand in your way."
"But the statehouse is different."