Controversy over the Confederate flag has been going on for years, but attention to the issue has reached a fever pitch this past week. Now Robert Bentley, the governor of Alabama, has ordered the removal the Confederate flag at the confederate memorial on the state Capitol.
The flag was taken down this morning and Governor Bentley answered questions from the press afterward. He confirmed the flag was removed on his orders. When pressed if his decision to remove the flag had to do with the terrorist attack in Charleston, Governor Bentley said, “Yes, partially this is about that.”
But he also said he believes this is the right thing to do in general. “We are facing some major issues in this state regarding the budget and other matters that we need to deal with. This had the potential to become a major distraction as we go forward. I have taxes to raise, we have work to do. And it was my decision that the flag needed to come down.”
In addition to the controversial confederate flag, three other Civil War era flags were also removed from the Alabama Capitol.