The removal of the Confederate flag at the statehouse in Columbia, S.C. (July 10) has been the topic of discussion this week. Following numerous protests against the flag and even one courageous woman’s efforts to take the banner down herself, legislation was signed by Gov. Nikki Haley to finally eradicate it from flying indefinitely.
The event hit home for South Carolina native and radio personality Charlamagne Tha God, who shared his thoughts during the last segment of his new MTV2 show Uncommon Sense.
“My whole life I never thought the Confederate flag was anything but a symbol of hate,” he said. “When I would see the flag on people’s cars or in their yards in my mind I would already stereotype and profile them and say ‘well they must be racist rednecks.”
He later continued, “The historical context of this flag is hate. It empowers prejudice. Too much blood is on that flag for it to ever be a good thing.”
Check out what else the Breakfast Club co-host had to say and catch the 30-minute program on MTV2, Fridays at 11 p.m. EST.