Few words are adequate to describe the shock and overwhelming sadness we feel after the murders at Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston. In the aftermath of the shootings, many have questioned the presence of the Confederate Flag on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds. We did not choose to deal with this issue at this time, but inevitably, political issues arise from tragedy.
The Mission of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce is to create an environment that allows Greenville to become a more prosperous place to live for all. For far too long, our state’s future and its prosperity have been restrained by the shadow of a regrettable chapter of our state’s history. South Carolina needs to move forward, and in order to become more prosperous, the Greenville Chamber advocates for the things that enable our businesses to grow, thrive, and be forward-thinking in our ever-changing world.
It is time for the General Assembly to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds. Many of our citizens view the flag as a painful reminder of the past and the good and decent thing to do is to take it down.
Our state is a shining example of how collaboration and cooperation can create business friendly communities that attract top industry and top talent, and nurture entrepreneurial success. Now is the time to do away with the things that divide us and prevent our state from moving forward. Removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds would honor the memory of Senator Clementa Pinckney and all of the victims of the June 17 tragedy..