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Citadel votes to move Confederate flag from campus chapel

The Citadel has voted to move the Confederate Naval Jack flag from an on-campus chapel to another location on campus.

Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa said in a statement this week that the military school’s Board of Visitors voted 9-3 in favor of moving the flag from Summerall Chapel to what was called “an appropriate location on campus.”

Rosa said the move will require an amendment to the Heritage Act by the S.C. Legislature.

In his statement, Rosa said one of the victims of a mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston last week was a Citadel alumnus, while six of the school’s employees lost family members in the shooting.

Earnhardt Jr. backs calls to remove flag

SONOMA, Calif. - NASCAR’s most popular driver is calling the Confederate flag “offensive to an entire race” while voicing his support for it being removed from the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol.

NASCAR this week said it backs South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s call to remove the Confederate flag from the State House, and said it disallows the flag symbol in any official NASCAR capacity.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he’s long felt that the flag has no place in present day use.

The flag issue was heightened last week after nine people were slain at a South Carolina church and the man charged in the case was seen in photos posing with the flag.

Teammate Jeff Gordon says Hendrick Motorsports has long prohibited any merchandise that uses the Confederate flag symbol.

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