Mississippi furls state flag with Confederate emblem after 126 years
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Lawmakers voted on Sunday to remove the Mississippi state flag, the last in the nation featuring the Confederate battle emblem, more than 126 years after it was adopted.
The House and Senate passed a bill on Sunday that will immediately remove the state flag, and Gov. Tate Reeves said he would sign the bill into law. A nine-person commission will be appointed to develop a single new design by September, and Mississippi voters will approve or reject that design on the November 2020 ballot. In the meantime, Mississippi will have no official state flag.
The historic vote brought tears to the eyes of many lawmakers. Cheers echoed in the halls of the Mississippi State Capitol shortly after the final votes were cast, and many Mississippians who visited the building to witness the moment openly wept.
“We are better today than we were yesterday,” said Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, who authored the bill that passed on Sunday. “Today, the future has taken root in the present. Today, we and the rest of the nation can look on our state with new eyes, with pride and hope.
June 29, 2020 at 6:45 AM #330973HassleCatParticipant
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If Jesus had any actual influence, he would have told them to do this. Instead, college football players got the moral compass pointing the right way. Not sure what this says about Jesus or his followers, but it reaffirms the significance of football in the south.
June 29, 2020 at 6:58 AM #330977Ohio BarbarianModerator
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Those damned deep Southerners just have to throw in some culture war shit, don’t they?
(sigh) Anyway, @hasslecat is right. The SEC boycotting Mississippi, meaning no football for the Mississippi Rebels and other college teams, is what did it. Put football up against right wing symbolism and football will win every time.
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June 29, 2020 at 8:41 AM #330992Red CloudParticipant
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are just the start of it. Blue/Gray Game or North vs. South, and plenty of teams with racial overtones still out there, like Washington’s NFL team.
On the other hand I long thought college athletes could possibly halt gerrymandering, voter suppression in places like Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi etc. where they are the only game in the state so say no to scholarships there.
June 29, 2020 at 9:54 AM #331014
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