Why business fought the Confederate flag

And in Mississippi, attention is also turning to the state flag, which includes the Confederate flag in the left top corner. The state’s Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn said his state flag had become “a point of offense that needs to be removed.”

Former Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott, famous for past racially charged remarks, told CNN this week that the state flag should be changed to the Bonnie Blue flag — “because that’s what the Mississippians carried at the Battle of Monterrey” — and commended Haley and her fellow South Carolinians for coming together in the face of tragedy.

“I’ve just been moved to tears by the way they’ve handled this,” Lott said.