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‘Shock’ as Confederate flag flies in Camden

PUBLISHED: 10:57 14 July 2015 | UPDATED: 19:33 14 July 2015

A graphic designer was shocked by  the sight of the Confederate flag flying in Camden this morning (Picture: James Gillen)

A graphic designer was shocked by the sight of the Confederate flag flying in Camden this morning (Picture: James Gillen)

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A Camden graphic designer was ‘shocked’ by seeing the Confederate flag - traditionally a symbol of white supremacy - flying in the High Street this morning.

The Confederate flag flying outside the Camden shop (Picture: James Gillen)The Confederate flag flying outside the Camden shop (Picture: James Gillen)

James Gillen told London24: “I was shocked, especially in light of the recent removal of the Confederate flag in South Carolina after the awful race killings, to see one hanging outside a market shop on Camden High Street this morning.”

The Confederate flag has been a symbol of white supremacy in the USA since the country’s Civil War.

The Confederate flag being flown outside the South Carolina statehouse last week (Picture: Getty)The Confederate flag being flown outside the South Carolina statehouse last week (Picture: Getty)

It was removed from South Carolina’s statehouse grounds just last Friday after decades of protest against the symbol won out following the killing of nine black people in a church in Charleston, the state capital.

The Confederacy in the southern United States was originally founded to preserve slavery, as evidenced in its vice president’s Cornerstone speech in 1861, where he said: “Our cornerstone rests upon the great truth that the Negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery — subordination to the superior race — is his natural and normal condition.”

The Confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina statehouse last Friday (Picture: Getty)The Confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina statehouse last Friday (Picture: Getty)

Amazon, eBay and Walmart all stopped selling the flag online and in shops after the Charleston shootings,

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