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The Confederate Flag Has Cost South Carolina Millions in Tourism

The NAACP’s longtime boycott of the state over its contentious Confederate flag has cost cities like Columbia and Charleston at least $10 million.
Protesters demonstrate at the South Carolina State House on June 23, 2015.
Protesters demonstrate at the South Carolina State House on June 23, 2015.Rainier Ehrhardt/AP

What has it cost South Carolina to fly its Confederate battle flag?

At a minimum: one college baseball tournament, two college football bowl games, and potentially scores of college basketball tournament games, plus the millions these sports events would rake in for South Carolina cities. Not to mention appearances by the New York Knicks, Serena Williams, and others.