If you thought the controversy over the pro-slavery Confederate battle flag was over, you would be wrong.
South Carolina is now considering a plan that would see $3.6 million spent on what effectively is a shrine built in honor of the confederate flag and the soldiers who fought against the official U.S. government to preserve the racist institution of slavery.
The Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum Commission on Tuesday lowered to $3.6 million a proposal for displaying the Confederate battle flag that was removed from the State House grounds in July.
The new proposal is about $1.7 million less than what a consultant proposed earlier this month. The new plan also reduces projected annual operating funds to $234,000 from the consultant’s proposed $416,000.
The commission voted unanimously to approve the plan, which includes opening a new wing at the Relic Room, which is located in the same renovated textile mill as the S.C. State Museum. The proposal also includes an electronic presentation of the names of all 24,000 South Carolina Confederate soldiers killed in the Civil War and the conservation and display of period Confederate battle flags now in storage.
Here is the setup for how the flag will be displayed:
South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, received widespread praise when – prompted by the terrorist murder of black churchgoers in Charleston – she gave the go-ahead to the legislature to take down the confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol.
But while the flag is gone from those grounds, the legislation calls for the flag to be placed in a 4,600-square-foot room that looks more like a shrine honoring the flag than a dustbin where a racist legacy belongs to be stored.
South Carolina state representative Mary Tinkler, a Democrat, is making a push for the display to be funded by private funds, not tax dollars.
The confederate flag was used by forces of the rebellious south to fight against the legitimate American military commanded by President Abraham Lincoln, with the argument that the genocidal institution of slavery had to be preserved. Huge fortunes in the American south were built upon the backs of enslaved blacks, brought to America for free labor and bought and sold like property.