South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Offers Unique Perspective on Race

Gov. Nikki Haley
Gov. Nikki Haley

Prosecutors in the Charleston, South Carolina, church shootings say they will pursue the death penalty in the case.They announced their plans in a Thursday news conference.

Meanwhile, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was in Washington Thursday speaking before the National Press Club, where she offered a unique perspective on racism in America.

“The first thing I want to say today is that I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrant parents that reminded my brothers, my sister, and me every day how blessed we were to live in this country,” she said.

Some call Haley “a rising star in the Republican Party” and also, in 2016, “a potential vice presidential candidate.”

Haley is the first woman and the first minority governor in the South Carolina. Newsweek called her the “new face of the new South.”

Haley received national attention for her leadership after the June 17 church shooting in Charleston where nine people lost their lives.

“It immediately became clear that this was the act of a racist, motivated not by mental illness, but by pure hate,” she said.

It was racial hate clearly stated by the gunman, Dylann Roof, in a manifesto he posted online.

Five days after the shooting, Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the state Capitol grounds saying, “This flag, while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future.”

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Mark Martin

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