NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, in his keynote address of the 102nd Annual NAACP Convention, addressed the Gov. Nikki Haley’s race in asking, “What would Ghandi do?”
The object of the question is the state’s continuing to fly the Confederate battle flag on Statehouse grounds. The NAACP has been boycotting the state since 1999 because the flag still flies in a prominent location, facing Columbia’s Main Street.
Jealous revived the boycott in his speech today.
“Perhaps one of the most perplexing examples of the contradictions of this moment in history is that Nikki Haley, South Carolina’s first Governor of Color, continues to fly the Confederate Flag in front of her state’s capitol,” said Jealous. “Given the similarities between our struggles to end slavery and segregation, and her ancestors’ struggle to end British colonialism and oppression in India, my question to Governor Haley is one that Dr. King often asked himself: ‘What would Gandhi do?’”
The NCAA has acknowledged the boycott and will not consider placing regional or national tournaments in the state. It has not stopped collegiate rallies from being held on Statehouse grounds. The past two USC national baseball championship celebrations ended on the state capitol steps.