MS legislature votes to replace state flag that includes Confederate elements

Paola Ditto
Luglio 1, 2020

Lawmakers voted on Sunday to remove the MS state flag, the last in the nation featuring the Confederate battle emblem, more than 126 years after it was adopted.

On Saturday, both the House of Representatives and Senate voted to suspend the rules. The vote in the Senate was 37-14.

Last week coaches and athletic department staff from Ole Miss, MSU, Jackson State, Alcorn State, Mississippi Valley State and Southern Miss each visited the statehouse in Jackson to present a united front in favor of removing the flag.

As a lifelong Black resident of Mississippi, Magee has always looked at the flag as a reminder of the state's racist history. "So put it in a museum and honor it there or put it in your house, but the flag of MS should represent the entire population, and I am thrilled that we're finally going to make that change", Hayes-Davis told CNN. The state's governor is expected to sign the bill to remove the current flag into law. "The entire nation is watching". Reeves said he would sign the new flag bill.

Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), one of the most vocal opponents of the measure, described attempts to change it as part of an effort to challenge the founding values of the country, warning that the American flag was next.

"We had a Black high school that was closed and we had to go to the all-white high school and trucks were riding around the parking lot with [Confederate] flags in the back and I knew then that I wanted a change", he said.

The flag, long a point of political contention in MS, was seen by many as a symbol of hate. For years, supporters of changing the flag have not been able to garner the simple majority needed to change the controversial banner through the normal legislative process. The new flag design will be decided by voters in the November election and the current flag will not be an option, however the new design will be required to include "In God We Trust".

The voters in the Deep South state will vote on the new design this November.

Hill said Monday that he would sit out the Bulldogs' 2020 season if the flag were not changed.

Legislators put the Confederate emblem on the upper left corner of MS flag in 1894, as white people were squelching political power that African Americans had gained after the Civil War.

Hinson, a 6-foot-7 wing from Deltona, Florida is departing the Magnolia State and pointed to the flag as the reason why.

The House passed the bill 91-23 yesterday afternoon.

Several state governors have approved the removal of Confederate monuments amid the protests. "I think the world, most certainly the USA, is going to view MS after today's vote".

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