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Rand Paul: Confederate Flag "Inescapably A Symbol Of Human Bondage And Slavery"

"... I think to every African-American in the country it's a symbolism of slavery to them and now it's a symbol of murder for this young man and so I think it's times to put it in a museum."

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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says he believes the Confederate battle flag is "inescapably a symbol of human bondage and slavery" and needs to go.

"No, I agree, I think the flag is inescapably a symbol of human bondage and slavery, and particularly when people use it obviously for murder and to justify hated so vicious that you would kill somebody I think that that symbolism needs to end, and I think South Carolina is doing the right thing," Paul told radio host Jeff Kuhner on WKRO radio on Tuesday morning."

Paul added it was obviously a decision for South Carolina to make but said if he were in South Carolina he would vote to get rid of it. Paul said for every African-American the flag is a symbol of slavery and it was time to put in a museum.

"There have been people who have used it for southern pride and heritage and all of that but really to I think to every African-American in the country it's a symbolism of slavery to them and now it's a symbol of murder for this young man and so I think it's time to put it in a museum."

Here's the audio:

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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