COLUMBIA -- The national NAACP has again said it will step up a campaign against South Carolina for flying the Confederate flag at the Statehouse.
The organization declared it would exert continued pressure to discourage NCAA sporting events and film production in South Carolina.
"This is unfinished business," said Lonnie Randolph, state NAACP president, echoing the message delivered Monday by NAACP interim president and CEO Dennis Hayes, at the organization's 99th national convention in Cincinnati.
Hayes told the Associated Press the organization is still working on its plan to discourage tourism and film production in the state.
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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People continues to protest the Legislature's decision in 2000 to remove the Confederate flag from atop the State House and place it on the grounds at the Soldier's Monument.
The NAACP National Board of Directors passed a resolution earlier this year calling on the organization to address S.C. tourism "a little more aggressively," Randolph said.
The organization has persuaded the NCAA not to allow championship college basketball events in the state, denying fans and sports arenas such as USC's Colonial Center a piece of an 11-year, $6.2 billion contract with CBS to televise games, Randolph said.
The national organization also met recently with motion picture industry representatives aiming to put a chill on the state's fledgling movie-making business, Randolph said.
Little interest in Legislature
Meanwhile, the Legislature has shown little interest in dealing with the flag issue again, and "people of goodwill" seem satisfied with the compromise that removed the banner from the Statehouse dome, said state Sen. John Courson, R-Richland, who drafted the 1994 legislation used to move the flag.
"We have had no discussion, none, zilch of the Confederate flag in the Senate since 2000," Courson said. "All the Southern states, if you look at their flags, have some version of the Confederate flag, or the flag used in battle, incorporated into the flags they fly (at their State Houses)," said Courson.
"I don't know why the NAACP continues to pick on South Carolina."