WASHINGTON — There has been an outbreak of rallies in support of the Confederate flag since the June 17 mass shooting of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina. The Southern Poverty Law Center works to fight bigotry and monitors hate groups around the country. It has been keeping track of the pro-Confederate flag events ;in the past month and found that 132 have occurred since the Charleston shooting, with another 29 in the works. Dylann Roof, a racist ;who admired symbols of the Confederacy, is facing federal hate crime charges for allegedly targeting the nine worshippers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a…

WASHINGTON — There has been an outbreak of rallies in support of the Confederate flag since the June 17 mass shooting of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Southern Poverty Law Center works to fight bigotry and monitors hate groups around the country. It has been keeping track of the pro-Confederate flag events ;in the past month and found that 132 have occurred since the Charleston shooting, with another 29 in the works.

Dylann Roof, a racist ;who admired symbols of the Confederacy, is facing federal hate crime charges for allegedly targeting the nine worshippers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a historic black church in downtown Charleston, because of their race. ;

The shooting reignited a debate over ;the Confederate battle flag, leading South Carolina government officials to ;finally remove it ;from the state capitol grounds this month. The Alabama governor also took down the Confederate-era flags ;on the grounds of the capitol in Montgomery.

But there has been a backlash ;as well. On July 18, the Ku Klux Klan held a rally ;at the South Carolina statehouse, protesting the removal of the Confederate flag.

A few days earlier, a group of protesters with Confederate flags ;gathered near an Oklahoma high school ;to greet President Barack Obama, who was visiting to give a speech about expanding economic opportunity.

And on Saturday, a group of white individuals in pickup trucks with Confederate flags clashed with partygoers ;at a celebration for a black child’s birthday.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has also called on ;Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi to stop honoring Confederate leaders ;with official holidays.

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