Black Mississippi Mayor Tears Up Signing Order To Remove Racist State Flag

President and CEO of Mississippi Power speaks on state flag vote

President and CEO of Mississippi Power speaks on state flag vote

"We are fulfilling it".

Jefferson Davis' great-great-grandson, Bertram Hayes-Davis, said the state's flag should be changed, explaining that the "battle flag has been hijacked" and doesn't "represent the entire population of MS". Earlier in the day, Gov. Tate Reeves (R) indicated that he will sign a bill to change the flag if one reaches his desk, a shift from his previous position that voters should decide whether to change the flag via referendum.

"Adopt a new flag that represents and signifies the values and principles upon which our state is now based, and which unifies the people who call our state home", he said. "But for most people throughout our nation and the world, they see that flag and think that it stands for hatred and oppression". Religious leaders spoken out, saying changing the flag was a "moral issue."

In a sports-crazy culture, the biggest blow might have happened when college sports leagues said MS could lose postseason events if it continued flying the Confederate-themed flag.

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

Magee said the removed flags will be donated to the local library or another agency that will take them.

White supremacists in the Mississippi Legislature set the state flag design in 1894 during backlash to the political power that African Americans gained after the Civil War.

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"I have lived through some things with this flag", said Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee. Debate on that is expected on Sunday and it's expected to pass.

"People have changed", Holland 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. "Now is the time". Nevertheless, the current flag's opponents rejoiced at winning the main point: ridding the state of a reminder it once fought on behalf of a government dedicated to slavery.

A bill will erase the current MS flag from state law.

Over the last few weeks, several confederate statues have been defaced and torn down following nationwide protests against police brutality and racism. "I congratulate the Mississippi Legislature on their decisive action today removing this divisive symbol". It notably featured a "Confederate" pattern: or to be more clear, the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia.

Now attention will turn to the next steps in the process of developing a new state flag. A new flag is not allowed to include a Confederate symbol and must include the words "In God We Trust". Should voters reject that design in November, the commission would present a new option during the 2021 legislative session, according to the resolution.

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