South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the confederate flag from the state capitol on Monday. Her statement comes days after authorities said 21-year-old Dylann Roof confessed to murdering nine African-Americans during Bible study at Charleston’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. “One-hundred-fifty years after the end of the Civil War, the time has come,” she said during a press conference that garnered cheers from the crowd. Since his arrest, Roof has been linked to a racist manifesto online and photographed wearing symbols of white supremacy in his Facebook profile photo. According to The New York Times, Haley said that residents have the option of displaying the flag on their own property, but “the State House is different, and the events of this past week call upon us to look at this in a different way.”
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