Scandal star Joe Morton stopped by Larry Wilmore’s The Nightly Show Tuesday, and Papa Pope had a few stern words for supporters of the Confederate battle flag.

While some contend the flag is a symbol of southern heritage and pride, others argue the rebel flag represents a history of segregation, slavery, and anti-Black terror.

The current debate over the flag stems from the recent tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina in which 9 Black parishioners were murdered during Bible study by an admitted white supremacist.

Their killings have spurned a heated discussion about whether or not the flag should be flown on governmental property, with many believing it has no place in statehouses, on license plates, or in capitols.

This week, Alabama Governor Robert J. Bentley ordered the removal of Confederate battle flags from his state’s capitol, and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley told reporters she now supports removing the flag from the statehouse grounds.

Though the debate over the flag’s place will no doubt be a contentious one, Morton channeled Papa Pope, and doled out some harsh words for those who claim the flag stands for anything other than a symbol of hate.

Take a look.

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  • Mary Burrell

    That clip with Joe Morton was awesome that’s exactly who and what these bigots are.

  • binks

    I love the part when he said “Lincoln hurt your feelings…” I am too done. I am still rooting for Poppa Poe forget Olivia Pope and Associates let her a** stand in the sun while Daddy Pope give that shade.

    • Preach Sister.

    • Me

      i finally started watching scandal this spring & got all caught up. idk if i’m rooting for papa pope, but i’m definitely not for olivia. she’s a ruiner! everybody who puts their life in her hands seems to get screwed & she can’t seem to see it. what’s up w/that???
      but yea. you know “southern pride” is just more coded language that they don’t wanna get called out on. david allen grier made a really good point on the show about “southern pride” not being part of the rhetoric until the 50s & 60s when white folks wanted to squash the civil rights movement. before then that flag had been taken down all over this country in defeat as it should’ve been, so they can miss me w/that history buff b/s they keep trying to spread.

    • binks

      I agree about Olivia…lol. I was never a big Scandal fan but my sister in law force me to watch since she loves it and every time I just don’t find myself rooting for Olivia either. As far as a fictional characters go (regardless of race) she is not rank high if at all on the characters I love or hate to love list. I get the flawed/messy angle they are doing with the character but she is just missing something. Exactly, southern pride is code language for white pride plain and simple so people need to stop the fake outrage and claiming we are messing with their heritage when they are mad because we are challenging their bigoted views on what it means to be southern.