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As Racist Symbols Fall Away

New Republic

South Carolina may soon address the threat of white-supremacist terrorism with more realistic, acute legislation. The state is one of only five that do not have a hate-crime law, something that is inarguably needed given last Wednesday’s shooting and the FBI’s own Uniform Crime Reporting statistics—South Carolina reported 51 hate crimes in 2013, most motivated by racial bias. Donovan X. Ramsey reported in The Huffington Post that state representative Wendell Gilliard, a Democrat who represents the district where Emanuel AME is located, plans to address the assembly on Tuesday to demand the passage of a new, revived hate-crime bill. Gilliard has unsuccessfully tried to pass a version of it twice in the last four years.