Over the years, there have been a number of endeavors to do away with the Confederate flag, which has often projected an image of being stuck in another century.
“It’s a topic in boardrooms,” said Andy Taggart, a Republican consultant in Mississippi. “For years we’ve had to grant every other state a little bit of a head start because we’ve needed to overcome the fact that we’re still perceived as firmly ensconced in our view of the past.”
The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce began advocating in the late 1990s for the flag’s removal from the capitol dome in Columbia, where it had flown since 1961. Some of the organization’s members resigned in protest. As a compromise, legislators decided in 2000 to remove the flag from the building and fly it on the statehouse grounds instead.