CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Sons of Confederate Veterans say they oppose moving the Confederate flag off the State House grounds.
Regional commander Randy Burbage said on Monday that if legislature voted to move the flag there was probably nothing the organization could do to stop it.
"I don't see how we can fight it," Burbage said."I just want people to remember, it's a war memorial, not for any hate purposes...We don't agree with racism and we never have."
According to Burbage, the SCV condemns the Charleston church shooting and the use of the Confederate flag in Dylann Roof's manifesto.
"I don't think the flag had anything to do with it," Burbage said."The flag didn't cause him to do that. Hate caused him to do that."
Burbage said the flag at the State House grounds is a war memorial and not a symbol of hate.
"We would like the flag to stay where it's at," Burbage said."It was put there for honorable reasons. It's been a decisive symbol, but it also means a lot to those of us whose ancestors fought in that war. That's what it means to us. But I can understand their side as well, but we would like it to remain where it is."