The NAACP has passed a resolution lifting its 15-year economic boycott of South Carolina, a day after that state took down a Confederate battle flag flying near its Statehouse.
Breaking–Emergency resolution passed by the NAACP National Board of Directors at #NAACP106, ending the 15 year South Carolina boycott.
— NAACP (@NAACP) July 11, 2015
The measure was approved Saturday at the national convention in Philadelphia to end the boycott of tourism and other economic activity. The boycott began in 2000 during debate over the flying of the Confederate flag atop South Carolina’s Statehouse dome. The boycott continued after it was moved to a flagpole on Statehouse grounds.
NAACP President Cornell William Brooks said the organization believes the flag should be “moved to a place of study,” and no longer fly in “a place of honor.”
“The NAACP applauds the South Carolina legislature for voting to remove the Confederate Battle flag — one of the longest standing symbols of hatred and exclusion — from public spaces and state grounds today,” Brooks said. “This legislative decision affirms the 15 years of collective advocacy of the NAACP on both the national and state level to bring down the flag, in particular our 15 year economic boycott of the state that was joined by the NCAA and UAW.”