CNN guest: To remove the Confederate flag would be "cultural genocide"

South Carolina League of the South's Pat Hines doesn't understand why anyone would be ashamed of Southern history

Published June 23, 2015 3:45PM (EDT)


On Monday evening, CNN's Don Lemon interviewed a number of guests about South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate flag from the state capitol, including CNN analyst Sunny Hostin, state senator Marlon Kimpson and Chairman of the South Carolina League of the South Pat Hines. Hines was, perhaps unsurprisingly, extremely opposed to the flag's removal.

Kimpson argued that the proper place for relics of an unsavory past is a museum or a history book. Hines disagreed.

"What I don't understand is why the state senator is moving to do cultural genocide on the southern men and women," Hines said. "I don't get that. Maybe he's not from the South. I don't really know him."

"That is so absurd, Mr. Hines," Hostin responded. "The suggestion somehow that taking down the flag is cultural genocide when that flag represents terror and intimidation of African-Americans in that state, it is just unbelievable that you would have the audacity to say that."

"I'm an audacious kind of guy," Hines concluded.

Watch the full clip below, courtesy of Media Matters:

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