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The tearful Confederate flag speech that moved SC

From a CNN report:

When Jenny Horne stepped up to the podium to address South Carolina’s House of Representatives, her first words let on that she was fed up. Just not how fed up.

Of the words stirred by passion in Wednesday’s debate that eventually led lawmakers to vote to remove the Confederate battle flag from the statehouse grounds, hers would burn themselves into memory.

Horne started out with a calm complaint.

“We are going to be doing this all summer long,” she said, after stepping up to the microphone, referring to a stream of amendments that the flag’s supporters were adding to the bill and effectively delaying a vote.

Lawmaker gets emotional after Confederate flag decision

But eventually Horne, a white Republican representative from a town near Charleston, looked over to her black legislative friends. Then she really, tearfully, got going.

“I cannot believe that we do not have the heart in this body ...” she said, pausing to swallow her sobs, then raising her voice to shout, “to do something meaningful, such as take a symbol of hate off these grounds on Friday.”

She thrust her finger at the floor with every word of her demand.

“And if any of you vote to amend, you are ensuring that this flag will fly beyond Friday. And for the widow of Sen. Pinckney and his two young daughters, that would be adding insult to injury, and I will not be a part of it.”

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