BY KATE SMITH
UPDATED ON: JUNE 28, 2020 / 7:50 PM / CBS NEWS
The Mississippi state legislature voted on Sunday to replace its state flag, the last in the nation to display the Confederate battle emblem. The removal of the flag marks the latest Confederate symbol to topple in the weeks following George Floyd’s death as activists have called for a reexamination of the racism that exists in all corners of society.
The bill passed by a vote of 91-23 in the House and 37-14 in the Senate.
The bill now goes to the desk of Governor Tate Reeves, who on Saturday morning said he would sign the legislation into law, reversing resistance to a legislature-led change to the flag. Mississippians will vote on a replacement flag in the November election. According to the legislation, the current flag design cannot be an option.
“I would guess a lot of you don’t even see that flag in the corner right there,” said Mississippi state Representative Ed Blackmon, who is black, during public comment on Saturday. “There are some of us who notice it every time we walk in here, and it’s not a good feeling.”
Up until earlier this month, the majority of Mississippians favored keeping the flag, which prominently features the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia. In 2001, voters decided two to one in a ballot measure to keep the flag as is, many arguing it was a nod to their ancestors who fought for Mississippi in the Civil War.
But a recent wave of influential business, religious and sports leaders condemning the flag — including the Southeastern Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association — prompted a change of heart. By Thursday, polling showed 55% of Mississippians wanted a change, according to the state’s chamber of commerce.
Many symbols of the Confederacy have vanished in the wake of Floyd’s death. Earlier this month, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced his intention to remove a towering statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue. Military leaders have said they were open to renaming forts named after Confederate generals, a proposal that’s been rejected by President Trump. NASCAR announced it would prohibit the display of the Confederate flag during races and other events, writing in a statement that the flag’s presence “runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment.”
But nowhere is the Confederate flag more on display than in Mississippi, the last remaining state to include the design on its official state flag. As other Southern states have retired designs that included the symbol, Mississippi has been the lone holdout, even as institutions across the state have voluntarily pulled it down.
Following the attack on black parishioners by a white supremacist in a South Carolina church, all of Mississippi’s public universities and many cities have stopped flying the ensign. But the flag still flies in front of many public buildings, including the state capitol building and the Governor’s mansion.
Mississippians had previously been resistant to changing the flag, citing the state’s history. But activists argued the flag has been co-opted, and now is used as a symbol of white supremacy, the Jim Crow South and racism and violence that black Americans still face.
“My ancestors were beaten and traumatized, and it was under that flag,” said Jarrius Adams, 22, a political activist that advocated for the change. “There are a lot of moments when I’m not proud to be from Mississippi, but this is definitely a moment that I’m extremely proud to be from Mississippi.”
First published on June 28, 2020 / 6:59 PM
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Megan Thee Stallion
The 45th President of The United States, Donald John Trump, has endured hardship after hardship over these past four years. He began in Presidential exploratory committee back in the year 2000, and a year after that we had the onslaught of The September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks. In the wake of these attacks, Donald J. Trump has continued building up his business Brand, The Trump Brand, making casinos and Hotels, and a litany of branded products in an effort to keep his money lined with billions of dollars.
Donald J. Trump appears to be perfect to the naked eye, but he is far from perfect.
President Trump has a history of sexually assaulting women.
Trump himself attributes his ability to grope and harass to his wealth and power, but at the end of the day sexual assault is sexual assault. Although a video of him apologizing surfaced (which is party followers willingly accepted), he still has too much rich history assault women.
There are court records which indicate that the current sitting President raped his first wife. A quick Google search using the keywords ‘Donald Trump rape’ will open up to any human using the internet the vast amount of sexual assault allegations sewn into the Trump era.
Yet, above all else, The President willingly calls every sexual assault allegation false. So I ask you, the reader, has Donald Trump ever sexually assaulted anyone? If not, are all of these women lying?
It may be very well that Donald Trump doesn’t care. He is a billionaire, and to loosely quote The President, people with wealth can essentially do whatever they want.
I am A Veteran Of The United States Army, so I hope this message reaches who it needs to reach:
S E X U A L
H A R A S S M E N T
A S S A U L T
R E S P O N S E
P R E V E N T I O N
The sitting President has committed one too many sexual assaults upon women of the world, and his bluffing hand had been pulled from underneath him, so he used his wealth and power to coerce individuals into believing that he is perfect, when in fact, he is nothing more than just a man who has created a wealthy empire with the help of his father. He is not perfect, with over 10 women (including his first wife) arguing that he sexually assaulted them, The United States Of America is in deeper trouble than just a couple young rioters or looters taking overpriced and underpriced merchandise.
Sexual assault is a real issue in the United States. When a woman speaks up, we have to listen, or else what is race and ethnicity? How can we turn a blind eye to the painful truths spoken to us, only to hoist the one perpetrator to the highest office of Thy Land?
At some point, rumors hit the airwaves that Russian had a Sex Tape involving women peeing on Trump. What this take turned out to be was Kanye’s Famous, a music video which depicts Donald Trump laying in bed with a slew of other wealthy individuals. I assure you, this music video is 100% real.
It appears that America has been completely hoodwinked. Donald Trump, I shall say swiftly as I can, is a scam-artist. He has scammed the entirety of our Great Nation, The U.S., all so that he can reap the benefits of becoming President of The U.S. As A Veteran, I feel great shame in his doings, but he has shown the world exactly what some wealthy people are capable of. We do have people who strive for greatness, we do have those that give us a life we cherish, but some men love to see the world burn..
Trump doesn’t want the world to burn.
Unfortunately, Trump also cannot reconcile with himself that he has sexually assaulted many women.
So I leave you with this:
IN ORDER TO BECOME THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF,
The president must:
- Be a natural-born citizen of the United States
- Be at least 35 years old
- Have been a resident of the United States for 14 years
Anyone who meets these requirements can declare their candidacy for president. Once a candidate raises or spends more than $5,000 for their campaign, they must register with the Federal Election Commission. That includes naming a principal campaign committee to raise and spend campaign funds.
That is all.