TRENTON – Assembly Majority staff this afternoon added a resolution authored by Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7) condemning the display of the Confederate Flag, an issue that early has landed in the midst of the 2016 Republican presidential field.
The resolution comes two days after Gov. Chris Christie issued his own statement on the flag issue, aligning himself with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
“While this is a necessary step towards addressing a divisive symbol of racism in our country,” Christie said, “this step will mean little if we do not also honestly confront and discuss the fact that these murders were born out of ugly hate and racism.”
From the bill…
“Although the official State flag of South Carolina does not contain elements of the Confederate flag, vexillologists note that the official state flags of seven southern states, specifically Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee, contain elements and imagery in their flags that echo the Confederate flag; and
“Whereas, According to the 2010 Census, these seven states were home to 60 million Americans, including 12 million African Americans, so that approximately one-third of the nation’s black population live under a state flag that evokes, in the opinion of many, the Confederacy and its legacy of racial hatred and oppression; and
“Whereas, Popular outrage stemming from the murders in Charleston has prompted the Governor of South Carolina and prominent federal and state legislators in that state to demand the removal of the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds as soon as possible; and…
“Be It Resolved by the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
- This House condemns the official use of the Confederate flag, or elements thereof, in certain state monuments and flags, and supports current efforts in those states to omit any references to the Confederate flag.”