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Even NASCAR Wants the Confederate Flag Taken Down

An outrageously unlikely candidate joins the fight for the flag’s removal.

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In the past week, calls to take the Confederate flag down have come from a highly unexpected group of sources: Republican Governor Nikki Haley, Amazon, and everyone’s favorite superstore, Walmart. To make things even stranger, NASCAR—an organization not exactly known for its progressive politics—recently threw their name into the hat. They’re enjoining not only South Carolina, but also Darlington Raceway, home of the Sprint Cup series, to finally take down the all-too-symbolic flag.

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Over 334,000 People Petition To Take Down The Confederate Flag

South Carolina continues to fly the Confederate flag. Hundreds of thousands of people have a problem with that.

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After the horrific massacre of nine black churchgoers at Emanuel AME Church on Wednesday, speeches were given, donations were made, and vigils were held. But while state governments throughout the country lowered their flags, one flag stayed raised high above it all: the Confederate flag, pitched right outside of South Carolina’s State House. Due to the flag being a symbol of hatred and bigotry for so many, MoveOn.org released a petition to take it down. In just a little over 24 hours, it’s collected over 334,000 signatures—and that number is rising, fast.

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Who Are the Victims of the Charleston Shooting?

Nine people died in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday.

Nine people died last night when Dylann Storm Roof, a 21-year-old white male, opened fire on their bodies at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in South Carolina. Here are their names:

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