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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves Signs Bill to Remove the State's Confederate-Themed Flag



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With a stroke of the governor’s pen, Mississippi is retiring the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem — a symbol that’s widely condemned as racist.
Republican Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday signed the historic bill that takes the 126-year-old state flag out of law, immediately removing official status for the banner that has been a source of division for generations.
“This is not a political moment to me but a solemn occasion to lead our Mississippi family to come together, to be reconciled, and to move on,” Reeves said in a statement. “We are a resilient people defined by our hospitality. We are a people of great faith. Now, more than ever, we must lean on that faith, put our divisions behind us, and unite for a greater good.”
Mississippi has faced increasing pressure to change its flag since protests against racial injustice have focused attention on Confederate symbols.
A broad coalition of legislators on Sunday passed the landmark legislation to change the flag, capping a weekend of emotional debate and decades of effort by Black lawmakers and others who see the rebel emblem as a symbol of hatred.
The Confederate battle emblem has a red field topped by a blue X with 13 white stars. White supremacist legislators put it on the upper-left corner of the Mississippi flag in 1894, as white people were squelching political power that African Americans had gained after the Civil War.
Critics have said for generations that it’s wrong for a state where 38% of the people are Black to have a flag marked by the Confederacy, particularly since the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups have used the symbol to promote racist agendas.
Mississippi voters chose to keep the flag in a 2001 statewide election, with supporters saying they saw it as a symbol of Southern heritage. But since then, a growing number of cities and all the state’s public universities have abandoned it.
Several Black legislators, and a few white ones, kept pushing for years to change it. After a white gunman who had posed with the Confederate flag killed Black worshipers at a South Carolina church in 2015, Mississippi’s Republican speaker of the House, Philip Gunn, said his religious faith compelled him to say that Mississippi must purge the symbol from its flag.
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.
A groundswell of young activists, college athletes and leaders from business, religion, education and sports called on Mississippi to make this change, finally providing the momentum for legislators to vote.
Before the governor signed the bill Tuesday, state employees raised and lowered several of the flags on a pole outside the Capitol. The secretary of state’s office sells flags for $20 each. A spokeswoman for that office, Kendra James, said Tuesday there has been a recent increase in requests from people wanting to buy one.
During news conferences in recent weeks, Reeves had repeatedly refused to say whether he thought the Confederate-themed flag properly represents present-day Mississippi, sticking to a position he ran on last year, when he promised people that if the flag design was going to be reconsidered, it would be done in another statewide election.
Now, a commission will design a new flag, one that cannot include the Confederate symbol and must have the words “In God We Trust.” Voters will be asked to approve the new design in the Nov. 3 election. If they reject it, the commission will draft a different design using the same guidelines, to be sent to voters later.
Said Reeves in signing over the flag’s demise, “We are all Mississippians and we must all come together. What better way to do that than include “In God We Trust” on our new state banner.”
He added: “The people of Mississippi, black and white, and young and old, can be proud of a banner that puts our faith front and center. We can unite under it. We can move forward —together.”
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Probably cause them Duke boys always gettin themselves in a whole mess of trouble.

by Dread Legend73 2 days ago

I'm gonna start selling pens in Mississippi.

by pints&wives 2 days ago

Mask, fools, mask!! Did they not get the memo that it’s back to Covid again!!

by Edward Jensen 2 days ago

Damn, I swore this was a funeral. I haven't seen anything this solemn in a while

by david swan 2 days ago

Ok nice symbolism now do actual police reform.

by Damien Estrada 2 days ago

Historic moment when America become weak

by JR 2 days ago

The state song says, "Go, Mississippi, you cannot go wrong," and this governor has proven that this is true!

by Eunae Kim 1 day ago

The whole setting and dresses it just feels old

by Diego Burela 2 days ago

This so sad, I don't think myself the FLAG has nothing to do with the Nation, it's the people how they interpret it, but I must respect their decisions to please people, the problem really is the excessive deadly force and unnecessary police Brutality, our Nation will change in 100 years the past is the past, we learn and from it, and to respect it, in 200 years this world will probably won't exist anymore, so we must protect it, learn to love one another learn to respect each other and to obey the law, because we only live once and only our CREATURE will be there to judge us, we are all from him so we are all created by him.. Stop the hate, killings, and destruction..💔💔💔💔😭😭😭😭😭😭🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

by Eloisa Aguilar 2 days ago

WHY IS NO ONE WEARING MASKS??!?!?

by Miguel M. 2 days ago

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Should pass a bill the stop spending taxes on so many pens to sign one document

by Ben Ji 2 days ago

I wonder what his 💭 are with each pen?...🤔

by act T 2 days ago

Phil Ochs circa 1963 regarding Mississippi.."the calendar is lying when it reads the present time".

by mistery-ed 2 days ago

I wondering whos bowing down to who, why now after hundred of yrs do you decide to change the flag?

by Mary Payne 1 day ago

Let’s all buy a confederate flag off amazon and make a TikTok burning it!!!

by J Gomez 2 days ago

Fist bumps to start, then pen handling in the process and now that we’re comfortable, let’s finish it with an hand shake since the distanciation wasn’t respected anyway

by dujardinmtl 2 days ago

this guy is a nervous wreck what an embarrassment

by Evan Kilpatrick 1 day ago

Really fist bumps, shake their hands like the proud Americans they have always been!!! Still applaud the change for the state overall!!!!!

by Michael Broussard 2 days ago

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