At Columbia, SC In less than a week four years after South Carolina removed the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse, Nikki Haley explained it twice.
In 2019, Haley, the governor when the flag was removed from its honor in Columbia in 2015, told conservative radio host Glenn Beck that the Charleston shooter had “hijacked” a symbol that many saw as representing “service and sacrifice and heritage.” Two days later, she wrote in the Washington Post, “Everyone knows the flag has always been a symbol of slavery, discrimination and hate for many people.”
Haley's racial message is contradictory in the two texts. The South Carolina-born daughter of Indian immigrants has consistently decried personal prejudice and its perpetrators. Haley has avoided labeling society or groups racist as a Republican presidential candidate.
On Feb. 24, Haley hopes to cut former President Donald Trump's GOP primary advantage in South Carolina. His career has been filled with racial remarks against opponents to win over people without alienating conservatives who reject widespread racism in the US.
However, Haley's December town hall refusal to recognize slavery sparked the Civil War drew bipartisan condemnation. Later, she corrected herself: “of course the Civil War was about slavery.”On Wednesday, Haley was questioned about her race views on “The Breakfast Club,” a nationally syndicated hip hop morning radio show where presidential candidates and other politicians discuss race.
Haley told Charlamagne tha God that the national media “came in and wanted to define” the 2015 Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting and “wanted to make it about racism.” After pressure, Haley called the deaths “motivated” by bigotry. White Dylann Roof was executed.
Haley and Trump are campaigning in rural districts where the Civil War began more than 150 years ago and on South Carolina's fast-growing coast with aerospace and defense companies. Some in South Carolina still respect the Confederate cause and minimize the fact that Southern elites chose to secede to perpetuate slavery and federal and state discrimination against Black people.
Trump's UN ambassador Haley suffered prejudice in rural Bamberg as a youngster.Haley told reporters, “My parents never wanted us to think we lived in a racist country.” Brown, Black, and other kids shouldn't think their country is biased. I want youngsters to know they can be anything without interference.”
According to USC sociology professor Hajar Yazdiha, Haley was targeting conservatives.Nikki Haley will use her identity well sometimes. Yazdiha said she recalls that history instantly. “She's claiming her ethnicity and telling a compelling American dream story. But she's downplaying it and pretending it doesn't define her
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