Friday, 03 July, 2020


MS to Change State Flag After Legislature Passes Bill

Mississippi gov would sign bill to remove Confederate symbol from state flag Miss. lawmakers vote to change state flag
Noah Ferguson | 29 June, 2020, 17:14

The Mississippi Legislature is voting whether or not to change the state flag.

An increasing number of cities and all Mississippi's public universities have taken down the state flag in recent years.

The flag was adopted in 1894, and it has red, white, and blue stripes with the Confederate symbol at the top left.

Regardless, both houses of the Republican-dominated MS legislature will nearly certainly vote today, by overwhelming margins, to change the flag.

The day after Hill's tweet, the powerful Mississippi Baptist Convention, an association of the state's Baptist churches, called to change the flag's design.

Athletic directors and coaches from MS universities have also urged lawmakers to act.

The Mississippi State running back had his say about the issue earlier in the week.

"Now that this is gone, they will begin to look and see who the real MS is, and see that we are more than what that flag represents", Johnson said.

"I love this flag", states David Flynt of Hattiesburg, while standing outside the state Capitol with other current MS flag supporters in Jackson.

Over the last few weeks, several confederate statues have been defaced and torn down following nationwide protests against police brutality and racism.

Georgia put the battle emblem prominently on its state flag in 1956, during a backlash to the civil rights movement. Winter said Sunday that removing the Confederate symbol from the banner is "long overdue".

That meant the banner lacked official status. A commission to resign the flag will be created by September 14, 2020. He said his children and now his grandchildren have had questions about what it represents and called for a flag that would stir pride in all of the state's residents - almost 40 percent of whom are black.

"As a younger Mississippian, a millennial, it represents darker days where our state government and various others used it as a symbol of supremacy", explained one resident. Lawmakers have cleared the way for legislation to remove and replace the flag.

Under the legislation, the new design - without the Confederate symbol - would be put on the ballot November 3, but it would be the only choice.

"This is a historic day for Mississippi". To fly that flag required, at best, a willful suspension of thought about what the Confederate battle flag represented: an ideology based on the belief that one group of human beings could purport to kidnap, enslave, persecute and terrorize another group of people made in the image of God.

Democratic state Senator Derrick Simmons of Greenville, who is African American, said the state deserves a flag to make all people proud.

People wanting to keep the Confederate-themed flag could gather more than 100,000 signatures to put that design up for statewide election. "Let's vote today for the MS of tomorrow".

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