Senate resolution no. 135 State of new jersey 216th legislature



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SENATE RESOLUTION No. 135



STATE OF NEW JERSEY

216th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED JUNE 25, 2015







Senator RONALD L. RICE

District 28 (Essex)
Co-Sponsored by:

Senators Cunningham and Ruiz

SYNOPSIS

Calls for permanent removal of Confederate flag from South Carolina statehouse grounds and banishment from public property in state.


CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

As introduced.






A Senate Resolution calling for the permanent removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse grounds and its banishment from being flown on any public property in that state.
Whereas, On June 17th, nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, were brutally murdered during a bible study meeting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church by a young man inspired by white supremacist ideology; and

Whereas, This heinous crime has enflamed a simmering controversy over the proper place for the Confederate flag in contemporary American society because images have emerged of the 21 year-old shooter brandishing the flag, and displaying it on the car he drove and the clothing he wore; and

Whereas, Massive protests have occurred in South Carolina and elsewhere in the wake of the massacre, with prominent individuals and religious leaders calling for unity and for the removal of the flag from the grounds of the state capital; and

Whereas, Many of the protestors were incensed and dismayed that because of a provision in South Carolina’s law, the Confederate flag flew at full staff over a monument to Confederate war soldiers on statehouse grounds at the same time that the United States flag was lowered to half staff to honor the nine people murdered in Charleston; and

Whereas, Although many defenders of the flag see it as a symbol of southern heritage, unity, and pride, many more believe it to be a outrageous symbol of the racial hatred and blind prejudice that are central to that heritage and a deplorable expression of continuing support for bigotry, oppression, racial hatred, and intolerance that is completely unacceptable in modern American society; and

Whereas, Protests in many states have spurred efforts on the part of many people in several southern states to remove the legacy of the Confederacy from their state flags and monuments; and

Whereas, In Mississippi, legislators from both political parties have called for the removal of the Confederate emblem from the state’s flag, in Tennessee, there is a bipartisan push to remove Confederate symbols from the statehouse, and the governors of Alabama and Mississippi have called for the removal of or changes to their states’ flags; and

Whereas, The Governor of South Carolina and prominent federal and state legislators from that state have called for the removal of the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds as soon as possible; and

Whereas, Although there is much popular and legislative support for removing the flag, some legislators in South Carolina have indicated that changing the law to authorize the removal could take months; and

Whereas, Delaying action on the removal of the flag will only serve to preserve a stinging, omnipresent symbol of the white supremacist beliefs and racial hatred that inspired the recent murders in Charleston, and does nothing to honor the memory of the many victims of race-based intolerance, prejudice, and oppression; and

Whereas, It is fitting and proper that this House call for the permanent removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse grounds and its banishment from being flown on any public property in that state; now, therefore,
Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of New Jersey:
1. This House calls for the permanent removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse grounds and its banishment from being flown on any public property in that state.
2. Copies of this resolution, as filed with the Secretary of State, shall be transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the Governor of South Carolina and every member of the Legislature of that state.

STATEMENT


This Senate Resolution calls for the permanent removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse grounds and its banishment from being flown on any public property in that state.

(Sponsorship Updated As Of: 6/30/2015)



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