A rally to take down the flag immediately attracted several hundred people Tuesday to the State House.
“Four words – take it down now,” Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin told the crowd. “No bullet can stop this movement, no gunshot can tear it apart.”
Tuesday’s rally was organzied by the Lowcounty chapter of the National Action Network.
Nelson Rivers III, pastor of North Charleston’s Charity Baptist Church and vice president of the National Action Network, said removing the flag would be a “living legacy” to the nine people killed in at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church last week.
“That flag does not represent all the people,” of South Carolina,” he added.
A few pro-flag supporters showed up at the rally, saying the flag is now in an appropriate place at the Monument to the Confederate Dead on the State House grounds.
John Miller of Columbia called accused killer Dylann Roof a “sick individual” but said the backlash should not be taken out on the flag.