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Jeb Bush Calls Confederate Flag 'Racist'

Republican presidential front runner, Jeb Bush, shared his take on the Confederate flag controversy on Monday by calling it a "racist" symbol. He also applauded South Carolina's efforts to remove the flag from the Capitol by citing a similar move he made while serving as governor of Florida. Responding to a question regarding the flag from an African-American employee while on tour at Nephron Pharmaceuticals Plant in West Columbia, Bush said "The symbols were racist." This was his first visit to North Carolina since the tragic shootings of nine African-Americans took place at a historic Charleston church on June 17.

Bsuh said that during his time as Florida governor, which ended in 2007, he took note of a similar debate taking place in Georgia and he realized that Florida had displayed those flags. He went on to say "I decided to do something politically incorrect" and remove the flags. Southern states are grappling with the symbolism as Alabama pulled four Confederate flags down, and Mississippi is considering changing the state flag, which conveys Confederate imagery. Even Tennessee may do away with license plates that include the flag. Bush said the flag has "divided the South in many ways. If you're trying to lean forward rather than live in the past, you want to eliminate the barriers that create disagreements, and so I did."

NAACP President Cornell William Brooks told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Monday that "Jeb Bush is right on point." Bush was scheduled to visit Charleston mid-June, but canceled due to the shootings. At a Faith and Freedom Coalition summit in Washington he said "I don't know what was on the mind or the heart of the man who committed these atrocious crimes."

Photo: The Federalist

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