South Carolina approves bill to remove the Confederate flag. The vote will have ripple effects throughout the country, including in the sunshine state.
COLUMBIA, SC—Just before 1am local time, the South Carolina House voted 94-20 to remove the Confederate flag that flies over the statehouse grounds. The vote, which is expected to be signed into law by Republican Governor Nikki Haley, is exactly what South Carolina needed in order to remove itself from being the craziest state in the country and relinquishing the honor to Florida.
“I can’t be more proud to live in a state where we are so far behind the rest of the country that this was actually an issue,” said Democratic Senator Joel Lourie. “The fact that there were even 20 votes in the House to keep the flag is mind-boggling. But that’s my state, and I love the great people here. No matter how back-ass and set in our own cherry-picked version of history we are, the fact that this is going to pass just goes to show we aren’t as crazy as Florida.”
While the Confederate flag doesn’t fly in Florida, several instances such as the Trayvon Martin shooting to studies like this one go to show that racism manifests in a multitude of ways in the sunshine state. And while on the whole Florida may be less racist than South Carolina, a whole slew of other factors make it the craziest.
“Every week, it’s something new down here,” said 65-year-old Florida resident, Mary Beth Brookings. “Whether it’s a man dying after a roach-eating contest, or Busch Gardens allowing visitors to play tug-of-war with a tiger, or a mother-daughter porn team… if it’s crazy, it’s Florida.” Adding, “And those were just things that happened in 2012.”
With the ninth worst education system in the country and other extremely low measures of quality of life, South Carolina still remains one of the craziest states for a long time to come.
“It’s important that we preserve the rich history of our state,” said Lourie. “This flag may be coming down, but it won’t change the fact that we’ll always remain mentally deranged.”