Mississippi to remove Confederate symbol from state flag

Ross Houston
June 30, 2020

On Sunday, Mississippi lawmakers voted to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag.

Tupelo removed the MS state flag, which lawmakers voted to retire on June 28, 2020.

Later that day, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said that he will sign a bill to change the flag if it is sent to him.

Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn, who is white, has pushed for five years to change the flag, saying the Confederate symbol is offensive.

There are still a lot of myths and misconceptions about what the confederate flag represents, among those who proudly fly it outside their homes or even wear it on their clothing.

Miss State running back Kylin Hill said he would not play for the Bulldogs next season unless the flag was changed.


But after video showing a white officer fatally pressing his knee to Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes provoked outrage that sent tens of thousands of Americans of all ethic backgrounds into the streets for weeks of protests, Confederate symbols have been coming down. "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 recent expanded championship policy".

(NYSE: WMT) said it would not display the MS flag outside its local stores.

Sankey praised the coaches in MS that spoke out against the flag.

The removal of the Mississippi State flag is also the result of this resentment. This current flag has in the canton portion of the banner the design of the Civil War-era Confederate battle flag, that has been the center of a long-simmering debate about its removal or replacement.

In a statement before the vote, Democratic state senator Derrick Simmons encouraged colleagues to cast their votes for the "Mississippi of tomorrow", according to NBC News.

"How sweet it is to celebrate this on the Lord's day", Gunn said.


In 2000, the Mississippi Supreme Court discovered that the state had left out legislation regarding the flag when it updated its laws in 1906.

The Democratic governor in 2000, Ronnie Musgrove, appointed a commission to decide the flag's future.

Parker told Baptist Press that the development of a new flag design, which will be handled by a nine-person commissioned team and then voted on by the people of MS in November 2020, should continue to move away from the old design. Others, such as country singer and MS native Faith Hill, directly called for the flag's removal. It held hearings across the state that grew ugly as people shouted at each other about the flag. The Associated Press reports the new design will be put on a ballot November 3, but it will be the only choice. It has too long served as a symbol of oppression, racism and justice.

"As Mississippi Baptists we don't have a great concern about the new design so much as we do a concern about moving away from the old design", Parker said.

What arguments would you make when people would say the flag was a symbol of heritage?

The Mississippi vote formalizes a similar push.


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