The group that inspired Dylann Roof’s massacre also took credit for the Confederate flag flying in SC

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The Council for Conservative Citizens (CCC) is a neo-Confederate hate group that, we now know, partly inspired Dylann Roof’s massacre of nine black parishoners in South Carolina.

We also know that Roof’s massacre has triggered a fierce debate over whether the Confederate flag should continue to fly over the state’s capitol grounds. Some conservatives would have you believe the two issues are entirely separate: You can oppose Roof’s heinous CCC-inspired crime without demanding the removal of the flag. 

There’s just one problem with that arument: The CCC played a key role keeping the Conferderate flag flying over South Carolina. 

In fact, according to the founder and original leader of the CCC, Gordon Lee Baum, it was “almost entirely” thanks to his group that the Confederate flag still flew in the state capitol.

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