The Confederate flag is a divisive and highly controversial symbol in America today.
It was used by the South during its civil war and has links to those who supported slavery 150 years ago, which means it is frequently associated with racism and white supremacists.
So many people were stunned when South Carolina continued to fly the flag above their state house, after nine black people were massacred in a racially motivated mass shooting in at Emanuel AME church in Charleston last week.
In his latest cutting and hilarious monologue on ‘Last Week Tonight’, comedian John Oliver challenged the contentious flag and says it has no place in U.S society any more.
The Confederate flag is one of those symbols that should really only be seen on t-shirts, belt buckles and bumper stickers to help the rest of us identify the worst people in the world. ‘Is that a Confederate flag on your belt, Leanne? Thanks for coming in, the nanny position has been filled’.
Regional law prevents the flag from being removed, and Oliver pointed out many voters in South Carolina approve of its use – hence why politicians such as Senator Lindsey Graham go through “comical contortions to avoid criticising it”.
On Graham’s comment that the flag “had been used in racist way”, Oliver added:
Yes it has. In fact, I believe the first time the Confederate flag was used in a racist way was the exact second they finished sewing the very first one. It was around that time.
Oliver then went on to suggest a very simple way to get rid of the Confederate flag which we hope politicians in South Carolina and other U.S states which still use the offensive symbol take note of.