Mississippi Becomes Last State to Remove Confederate Emblem from Flag

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Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs endorses ‘In God We Trust’ design for new state flag

MS is close to getting rid of the confederate battle emblem on its state flag.

The decision to take the Confederate flag out of the MS flag was approved by the state legislature today, and the governor has said he will sign the bill into law.

"This is not a political moment to me but a solemn occasion to lead our MS family to come together, to be reconciled, and to move on", Reeves said in a statement.

"There comes a point in time in the annals of history when it becomes necessary to redefine who a people are, and what a collection of these people represent", Magee said.

"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.

Democratic state Sen. Derrick Simmons of Greenville also expressed praise over the decision, saying that MS deserves a flag that will make everyone proud.

Many people who wanted to keep the emblem on the MS flag said they see it as a symbol of heritage. The flag, first adopted in 1894, has red, white and blue stripes with the Confederate battle emblem in one corner. MS will surrender the Confederate battle emblem from its state flag, more than a century after white supremacist legislators embedded it there a generation after the South lost the Civil War.

"I would guess a lot of you don't even see that flag in the corner right there", MS state Representative Ed Blackmon, a Democrat and African American who has served in the legislature continuously since 1983, said on Saturday.

It calls for the immediate removal of the existing flag and the creation of a commission to design a new one.

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Several Black legislators, and a few white ones, kept pushing for years to change it.

The issue was still broadly considered too volatile for legislators to touch, until the police custody death of an African American man in Minneapolis, George Floyd, set off weeks of sustained protests against racial injustice, followed by calls to take down Confederate symbols.

That dynamic shifted as an extraordinary and diverse coalition of political, business, religious groups and sports leaders pushed for change.

Miss State's WBK coach Nikki McCray-Penson spoke out for changing the flag. A spokeswoman for that office, Kendra James, said Tuesday there has been a recent increase in requests from people wanting to buy one. (NYSE: WMT) said it would not display the MS flag outside its local stores.

In addition, a commission will be created to approve the new design this fall -- a design that will reportedly include the phrase "In God We Trust, "according to the Associated Press".

Voters will have the option to vote in the new design in the November 3 election. "If they send me a bill this weekend, I will sign it", Reeves wrote on Facebook on Saturday. "We do believe that whatever the new design is needs to be something that unifies the state".

Earlier in June, thousands of people cheered as an organizer of a Black Lives Matter protest in front of Reeves' house urged MS officials to part ways with all Confederate symbols. We can unite under it.

"We removed the flag from our campus five years ago".

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