GREENVILLE, S.C. — The NAACP has called for the removal of Confederate flags flying above state capitols in South Carolina and Alabama.
The flags are symbols of "divisiveness, racial animosity and an insult to black people throughout the region," said a resolution passed Saturday by the NAACP at its 35th Southeast Regional Conference.
The resolution also called for the removal of the Confederate Stars and Bars from state flags in Georgia and Mississippi, which do not fly the Confederate flags above their capitols.
"We don't need the Stars and Bars of the Confederate flag as a reminder of days gone by or days that should have been buried," said NAACP Southeast Regional Director Earl T. Shinhoster. "We can fly the American flag and demonstrate the values of that flag."
Shinhoster said local NAACP branches have been instructed to take legal action if necessary to remove the flags in South Carolina and Alabama, the only states where they are flown.