Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is expected to declare his candidacy for president later this summer, declined over the weekend to call for the removal of the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds in South Carolina in the aftermath of the racially-motivated killing of nine black churchgoers in Charleston.
Walker said the matter was a "state issue."
And the progressive group One Wisconsin Now responded.
Executive director Scot Ross said in a news release, “Scott Walker is whistling Dixie when he calls the flying of the Confederate flag on government property a ‘state issue.’ We’ve heard that rhetoric before — it was used to defend the worst abuses of power and shameful discrimination in our nation’s history.
“There’s no denying the racism and oppression represented by the Confederate flag and there’s no defense for its display in public, on public property. It is appalling that Scott Walker is so blinded by his political ambition he’s willing to abide the flying of a flag that symbolizes racism, hatred and oppression.”