Wednesday, 15 July, 2020

MS lawmakers OK removal of Confederate emblem from flag

Supporters of the current Mississippi state flag stand outside the state Capitol in Jackson Mississippi Supporters of the current Mississippi state flag stand outside the state Capitol in Jackson Mississippi
Cary Erickson | 01 July, 2020, 03:25

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.

"The current flag hovering above the State Capitol of the state of Mississippi was adopted as the state flag by the Mississippi Legislature in 1894 and the upper-left portion of this flag is often referred to as the Confederate battle flag", Magee said during a press conference.

MS was the last state whose flag featured a Confederate emblem, and until recently hesitated to change it without wider public support.

Ole Miss football coach Lane Kiffin and Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach were both among multiple school coaches and administrators who lobbied the government to make the change.

Since 2001, when voters decisively approved the flag in a referendum, the line taken by many MS lawmakers was that only another statewide vote could change it.

MS state voters will cast their ballot to choose a new state design in November.

The state's Black senators delivered passionate messages urging their colleagues to reject the current flag and vote for a new one. Religious leaders spoken out, saying changing the flag was a "moral issue." "We welcome this important move by state lawmakers to remove the symbol from prominence in the state, which will also open the opportunity to host NCAA championships after the recently expanded championship policy".

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"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.

"This is the result of decades of work and sacrifice by Mississippians committed to human rights, equality, reparation and dismantling the institutions of White supremacy", said Lea Campbell, the founder of the Mississippi Rising Coalition.

Noting that the flag that used to stand above his southern city is a painful reminder of his past, Magee says the state flag that was once flown at city-owned properties will now be part of a collection of historical references instead.

Over the last few weeks, several confederate statues have been defaced and torn down following nationwide protests against police brutality and racism. The Governor's appointments will include someone from the Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi Arts Commission and the Board of Trustees. 'Let´s vote today for the MS of tomorrow'.

The bill now goes to the governor, who has said he would sign the legislation but has not immediately set a date for the signing.

Winter said yesterday that removing the Confederate symbol from the banner is "long overdue".

'The battle for a better MS does not end with the removal of the flag, and we should work in concert to make other positive changes in the interest of all of our people, ' said Winter, a Democrat who was governor from 1980 until 1984. "I ask each of you as we recognize the MS of yesterday let us vote today for the MS of tomorrow".