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for many it's a sign of southern pride for others a symbol of racist white supremacy , but after last week's massacre in charleston old questions about the confederate flags place in modern america are once again in the spotlight , reuters correspondent ed mcallister is in charleston forgivable question in south carolina and i spoke to one man in lexington yesterday he told me if you take the flag down in the state capital where you'll say take it that , to , will we forget all history on saturday protesters marched in colombia demanding that the stars and bars flying in front of the south carolina state capital be taken down won't hate we know the danger itself stop nbcu are not welcome here it says fear for your life , nmda our the flag nnnnn twenty one year old deal , allegedly told friends he wanted to start a race war , these images come from a web page which an activist says belongs to ralph , picture show him posing with a number of confederate flags as well as with other flags and symbols often associated with white supremacy themes but removing the rubble banner isn't a simple matter under the south carolina heritage act of two thousand all existing tributes to confederate history , can't be touched unless two thirds of state lawmakers vote for it , one republican state legislator says he'll soon introduce legislation to retire the flag , which still flies at full staff in charleston , the u. s. and south carolina flags fly at half mast