In an unscientific poll conducted by Yellowhammer News Tuesday, 4,707 readers, or more than 70 percent of respondents, indicated that Alabama should continue allowing the Confederate battle flag and other flags of the Confederacy to be flown on state property.
Asked by a Birmingham News reporter if his decision was in response to the Charleston shootings, Bentley said, “Yes, partially this is about that. This is the right thing to do. We are facing some major issues in this state regarding the budget and other matters that we need to deal with. This had the potential to become a major distraction as we go forward. I have taxes to raise, we have work to do. And it was my decision that the flag needed to come down.”
Bentley’s decision comes after many leaders across the South have scrambled to voice their opposition to the display of the Confederate battle flag on public property after several pictures of the alleged Charleston shooter posing with the flag surfaced online.
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