Bentley: Removing Confederate Flags Was ‘Right Thing To Do’

CBS Atlanta

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Robert Bentley said removing four Confederate flags from the state Capitol was the “right thing to do” and that the state didn’t need to go through a fight over the banners.

“It’s so important that we present an image in Alabama that things are different today than they were in 1963,” Bentley said.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Bentley said he stood behind his decision to remove the flags last week. Bentley said he wanted to head off controversy about the flags in Alabama, saying a fight would be a distraction in a state trying to lure companies from the across the nation and the globe to locate to the Deep South state.

The governor said he understands people are divided over the flag. Some see it as history. Others as hate. But he said avoiding a fight was best for all Alabamians.

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