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Mississippi to remove state flag, the last to display the Confederate battle emblem

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.”

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The state flag of Mississippi flies at the Governor’s Mansion in Jackson, Mississippi, on Friday, April 26, 2019.ROGELIO V. SOLIS / AP

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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It comes, and it goes. The American Dream. It’s what we are taught dream about, that good ole’ American Dream.

By 2024, we will have a National debt of approximately $44 Trillion dollars.

By my own estimates, we’ll fall behind to other wealthy nations.

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If I do, if I have $100 Billion dollars, do I keep it?

What happened to The American Dream?

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I would say that those who reap wealth have selfishly left behind their Cohorts. I would say that they have belittled The Republic. I would say that they have stolen.

If I were of the wealthy, I would derive a cure for the root of our problem.

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Are they? Do they care? Do Hip-Hop moguls and other extraordinary artists care? Do they care that America is losing this war of wealth? Are they going to keep The American Dream going? Do Americans even matter anymore?

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NBA players make explosive contracts, that turn into nothing but houses and cars. They take little care of their earnings, and the little money they donate is not enough to help the Nation.

Actors make multi-million dollar contracts through their acting abilities, but what do we make? Are we now JUST to be entertained?

Did anything that #BernieSanders said make any sense? Did it make sense to anyone?

Donald Trump was filmed with the accompaniment of other celebrities to show that they control America, in a lewd and pornographic video, but what happens when Americans are forced to wake up? What happens when something truly wakes us up? Remember September 11, 2001?

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Beyonce basks in her poetic freedom, enveloped by all the richest she could dream of.

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But as his V.P., she would be absolutely phenomenal. She is great for the job, from my perspective.

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Trump has a bag of junk to deal with, and in it are two articles of impeachment.

He can’t just walk all of this off. He has to fight. I assume he is doing so on Twitter, and through advertisement. Disregard that nonsense. He talks total nonsense. He always has.

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The downfall, then the come-up.

Hollywood showed it written amongst the stars, and yet we chose not to listen.

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The American Dream is well alive, and it extends well beyond our known cosmos. It extends within us to reach that far, and that is why science always triumphs. Science leads the way, scientists take charge and develop and test new science, but ultimately we as a people connect with one another to ensure that we take the right paths forward. It doesn’t just have to be victory, it can be more. Unity. Peace. Prosperity.

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