Published On: Sun, Jun 21st, 2015

Marc Benioff to South Carolina: Take Down the Confederate Flag Already

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In the aftermath of the heinous racist murders of nine Black worshipers in Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel AME Church last week, many prominent Americans are calling on State of South Carolina to once and for all remove the old Confederate Flag from its state Capital building. One such person is Marc Benioff, the founder of

The entrepreneur posted on Twitter a statement concurring with a call made by former Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney to do just that writing, “I agree @MittRomney: Take down the #ConfederateFlag at the SC Capitol. To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred. Remove to honor victims.”

The Confederate flag, also known as the “Stars and Bars” is part of several state flags in Southern American states that were part of the rebellious Confederate States during the American Civil War 150 years ago. That rebellion stood for racism and what southerners then called “the institution of slavery.” As such, the Confederate flag is no different to most African Americans than a Swastika is to Jews. They both stand for hatred and racism.

But in the Southern U.S. Confederate flags can be seen flying just about everywhere. The same cannot be said of Swastikas in Europe or America.

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