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Supporters of the Confederate flag react to removal

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SOUTH CAROLINA (WCSC) -

The South Carolina Sons of the Confederate Veterans have said they are not happy about the Confederate flag coming down. 

A majority of members said they did not attend today's event.

Commander Leland Summer, with the South Carolina Sons of the Confederate Veterans, said the group plans to discuss options Saturday on how they plan to respond.

Many feel the flag issue should have been put on a referendum, and the voters should have decided what to do with it. 

"I think taking the flag down hasn't changed anybody's minds," Dr. David Aiken, Ph.D., a historian and author at the College of Charleston, said. 

Aiken believes it was a political move to remove the flag and says the effort should have been focused elsewhere. 

"I think you should have left the flag up and talked about the crime at the AME, and helped the families of the survivors,” Dr. Aiken said. “That would have been more Christian, I think, than singling out the flag."

Aiken and historian, Dr. Jack Bass, said the flag symbolizes many things, for many people.

"It became something that was divisive,” Dr. Bass, a Professor Emeritus at the College of Charleston, said. “I don't think it was necessarily a racist flag, I do think it had to do with heritage, but it really had become very divisive.”

"Some people may see it as a symbol of racism, I don't,” Dr. Aiken said. “The more racist flag is the American flag. People say the Confederate flag flew over slavery for four years, well the U.S. flag flew over slavery for almost 70 years."

"This is the flag that the Klu Klux Klan flew,” Dr. Bass added. “In my first career as a reporter, I covered Klu Klux Klan rallies, and they really preached hate."

Several people have taken to social media to express their views of the removal of the flag. 

Comments shows that some people will continue to fly flags and keep items at their homes,

Others have talked about getting tattoos to keep their heritage living on. 

At this point Amazon, Ebay, Walmart, and Sears have removed all Confederate items from their stock.

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