Nikki Haley (AP//Rainier Ehrhardt/Photo montage by Salon)

"The true people of South Carolina" deface Nikki Haley's Facebook wall with racist rants after Confederate flag decision

"Now you shall see the power of real Southerners. You and yours are done," one constituent wrote


Scott Eric Kaufman
July 10, 2015 1:52AM (UTC)

After posting a brief status update about the legislative progress being made to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol grounds, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's Facebook wall became the scene of racist tantrums the likes of which are rarely observed outside of white nationalist enclaves like Stormfront.

Haley posted the following acknowledgement of the state's House of Representatives deciding to remove the battle flag:

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Today, as the Senate did before them, the House of Representatives has served the State of South Carolina and her people...

Posted by Nikki Haley on Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Needless to say, some people were very, very unhappy, including Cody Burr, who replied seconds after Haley's status update was posted. "I've never been so ashamed of my State as I am right now," he wrote, voicing a sentiment 440 people felt compelled enough by to "Like."

"Actually Nikki," Clint Lamma wrote, "it will be known as the day you caved to the PC idiots and the day that will insure you will never be elected to public office in South Carolina again. A day of healing? You just insulted the families of thousands of brave men who gave their lives fighting a tyrannical government."

Caving to political correctness and appeasing elite Northern liberals was a recurring theme, as was the fact that this interloping Indian-American governor was disrespecting the "heritage" of the good people of South Carolina.

As Dianne J. Thompson wrote, "what YOU have done is a disgrace to the south and its heritage! Because of YOU about everything that pertains to my ancestors fight in the war is being removed! by the time they are finished you'll never know the south fought in the war. You must be like Obama don't watch the news nor read the crap that is taking place over this WAR YOU STARTED. i'M ASHAMED TO CALL YOU my governor!"

Dennis Solesbee was a little more direct in expressing Haley and her heritage, writing "Heal as one people? Be proud??? If we were ALL black and liberal. When you and your cronies gave in to the pressure of the blackmail and didnt listen to the majority of we tha people.. Yall let WE THE PEOPLE DOWN."

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Someone's going to have a difficult time adjusting to life in America come 2020 -- not that he's alone. "You Nikki Haley," Alisa Lynn Parris wrote, "and your family are not from here so how can you even know how WE feel about that Flag!!!! WE are proud of The Confederate Flag and what it stands for."

"Governor you have NO heritage here in this state or any state as far as that goes," Susan Johnson Jeffcoat wrote. Miller Roach agreed, writing "We the true people of South Carolina hate you."

Tammy Pizzuti Barkley had a proposition that Mr. Roach and "the true people of South Carolina" would likely find enticing, writing that "Now that the compromise has been broken, stepped on, and spit upon by the shameful sc government I call for the immediate removal of the African American monument from the state house grounds and urge all South Carolinians to call for the same."

Of course, South Carolina residents were merely exercising their First Amendment right to whine without ceasing, as well as other things too.

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"You may have removed the Flag from the State House but now you will see the 1st Ammendment in all its glory," Rick Tate told his governor. "You will not be able to walk out the door without seeing the Battle Flag. You are about to see how people in South Carolina react to being told 'Do Like Your Told.' That's how the Civil War got Started to begin with."

Thomas Barnett Jr. warned that the decision to have the legislature vote on the flag instead of making it a statewide referendum will come back to haunt her. "Nikki Haley will some day run for Congress or the Senate and this will come back on her!" she exclaimed, though not quite enough apparently, as she followed it up by writing "WE PROMISE!!!!!!!! And she can take THAT to the BANK!!!!!"

Of course, her inability to win a seat in the United States Senate might be the least of her problems. "Time will show the removal of that flag and your desire to create peace between blacks and whites is going to fail," Britt Humphries wrote. "I would love to see us come together also but I promise you the killings and hatred will continue with OR without the Confederate Flag."

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Or, as Robert Lee Anthony put it, "Now you shall see the power of the real Southeners. You and yours are done." Nothing ominous about that, is there?


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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