It’s official, MS passes bill to retire state flag with Confederate symbol

Ruben Hill
July 1, 2020

The House of southern USA state MS passed a bill to remove a Confederate battle emblem from its state flag, local media reported.

The Mississippi Senate joined the House in historic votes Saturday that led to today's votes.

MS is the last state to have its flag feature the confederate emblem.

Mississippi's population includes the highest percentage of Black Americans - 37.3% - of any state in the union, according to the 2010 census.

The Mississippi House had already voted 84-35 in support of the resolution, so now with the Senate's decision Saturday, both chambers will move forward with an official vote on replacing the state flag. "The entire nation is watching". The new design will be put to a public vote in November.

"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.

People wanting to keep the Confederate-themed flag could gather more than 100,000 signatures to put that design up for statewide election.

Democratic senator John Horhn said changing the flag was a "big step... in the journey we are on to recognize everybody's God-given humanity".

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

The Mississippi House Rules Committee has recommended that a flag commission be established to present a flag option to voters in November.

NASCAR opted earlier in June to ban Confederate flags at races in part due to concerns raised by Bubba Wallace, the sport's only active Black driver. He made a football reference in saying the Legislature has "punted" this issue away, but today is the day and they have the opportunity to "push this ball across the goal line".

The mayor has now requested that the state legislature also retire the state flag as well.

As Rep. White closed on the bill he asked all members to vote green, in the affirmative for what he says is all the good in Mississippi. The new design "will not include the Confederate battle flag but shall include the words "In God We Trust"," the bill passed on Sunday reads.

"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.

Last week, the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning voted relocate a Confederate statue, erected in 1906, from a location near the Ole Miss administration building.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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