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'A deeply offensive symbol of a brutally offensive past': Facebook petition calls for people to burn the Confederate flag

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South Carolina governor calls for flag to be removed from capitol grounds.

More than 8,000 people have "liked" the Facebook petition, created on Monday, to burn the Confederate flag. This was after the item came in question again in the midst of terror over the Charleston shooting, which left nine people dead last week. The social media petition encourages everyone to join a peaceful protest where they would burn the flag tainted with racist interests, according to the reports.

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MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - The petition went on stating, "This is our day to demonstrate that it is no longer acceptable to fly this flag anywhere. Organize a Confederate flag burning event in your area on Saturday, June 27th, and flood social media with pictures and videos using the hashtags #FeelTheBurn and #TakeItDown."

Some continue to fly this flag over the last a hundred and fifty years, too many years after the American Civil War was done and over, according to the petition. Fuel to take the flag down became even greater as some politicians have responded, agreeing the Confederate flag must finally be put to rest.

"The switch that flipped was the death of my friend Senator [Clementa] Pinckney. I've been in the House five years. I should have filed that bill five years ago. But the time is now, I can't let my friend the senator's death go without fundamental change in South Carolina," said state legislator Doug Brannon in an interview with CBS News. Rep. Brannon stated he is planning to file a bill that will formally remove the Confederate flag from state posts.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for its removal from the State House capitol grounds, Monday, saying that it is already a "deeply offensive symbol of a brutally offensive past." This call was made after the brutality displayed against race last week in Charleston.

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