The good news is that this week, South Carolina senators voted to remove the Confederate battle flag from the statehouse grounds. Now the House will take up the matter.

Even if the House and the Senate vote to remove the flag, which requires a two-thirds majority, the flag will be moved to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. We would suggest another place.

Hiding away a symbol of racism, terror and oppression does not in any way deal with the systemic problems besetting Black Americans. In fact, it will probably be on display in some form of fashion and remain an odious reminder of the rebel yell, the Ku Klux Klan and the nightriders who menaced Black lives throughout the long night of slavery and Jim Crow restrictions.

We wholeheartedly agree with the Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, when he said, “We need to deal with the substance of policies. As long as we pass voter suppression laws, unjust environmental laws, laws that underfund public education and cause re-segregated, high-poverty schools, laws that block Medicaid expansion and a living wage, as long as we promote the racially applied death penalty and a broken criminal justice system, systemic racism still exists and continues to wave its ugly shadow over our body politic.”

Yes, getting rid of the emblem of domestic terrorism, bringing down the symbol of hatred and bigotry, is a welcomed step, and we applaud that action. However, a more challenging step is the substantive change so needed across the land, particularly in those bastions that continue to defy our civil and human rights.

In a recent op-ed piece in The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof essayed a passionate response to the removal of the battle flag, which President Barack Obama observed is more than an image of ancestral pride. “America’s greatest shame in 2015,” Kristoff wrote, “is not a piece of cloth. It’s that a Black boy has a life expectancy five years shorter than a white boy. It’s that the net worth of the average Black household in 2011 was $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, according to census data.

“It’s that almost two-thirds of Black children grow up in low-income families. It’s that more than one-third of inner-city Black kids suffer lead poisoning (and thus often lifelong brain impairment), mostly from old lead paint in substandard housing.”

If we could remove all the symbols of Black bondage, the paintings of Robert E. Lee, the statues of John Calhoun, even the monumental images of slaveholders that decorate our nation from Mount Rushmore to Mount Vernon, we would still have to deal with the hearts and minds of people who are not ready to accept and recognize that “Black Lives Matter.”

Indeed, there is much we can be thankful for, much we can praise and appreciate about the American experience, but until the nation truly lives up to its mighty rhetoric about all men (and women) being created equal and endowed with certain inalienable rights, rights recognized and respected by our law enforcement agencies, then we will not be silent and will instead demand that America not only take down a flag but also raise a banner of hope and goodwill—something we all can be proud of.