MS legislature votes to replace state flag that includes Confederate elements

State of Mississippi to rid its flag of racist motif			
   by Metro Reporter 

According to MSNBC, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said he will sign a bill to change the state flag if the Legislature votes to remove the Confederacy emblem.

The Senate followed that vote by approving the bill with a vote of 37-14.

Mississippi's House and Senate voted Sunday to retire the flag adopted in 1894. "And that's what that says today".

MS moved closer to taking the next step when the House and Senate voted with a two-thirds majority on Saturday to file a bill to change the flag, ABC News reported. State voters will decide whether to adopt the new banner in the November general election.

A commission would design a new flag that can not include the Confederate symbol but must have the words "In God We Trust". They put the issue on a 2001 statewide ballot, and people voted to keep the flag. If not, the commission will be asked to try again. The mayor is also asking the state to remove the flag. The governor's three appointees must be representatives from the Mississippi Economic Council, the Mississippi Arts Commission, and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Rep. Jerry Turner, Chairman of the Rules Committee, came to the podium to explain why he voted "no" on the resolution yesterday.

Signing the order, the mayor said the flag "shall not be flown at any of the public facilities". He compared what was happening in the Capitol to a train leaving the station. He said voters should be allowed to decide, adding: "I don't see how that makes me a racist".

Turner said he wants to be one to get inline and be on the at train.

"Now that this is gone, they will begin to look and see who the real MS is, and see that we are more than what that flag represents", Johnson said.

An early proponent of change, House Speaker Philip Gunn, conceded that white supremacists had co-opted the flag as a symbol of hate. "All the things I heard from those men at the podium - that none of us went up to speak about because we've been saying it for years - but all those things they talked about, we've been feeling for years".

In the end, the day was won by mounting opposition to the Confederate symbol as the Black Lives Matter movement gains momentum across the country.

Kylin Hill didn't need to say much Saturday after the news that Mississippi's state flag might be in for a redesign.

But some cities have opted to reevaluate and remove controversial monuments. Hopson said he is happy to have that mantra on the flag until a court of the proper authority tells the state to take it down. Several senators rebutted that argument before passing the bill. We applaud the Mississippi House and Senate for their long overdue actions today, which is a first step of many that must be taken to rectify the state's long history of anti-Black racism. "They'll begin to see that we're more than what that flag represents". "Let's vote today for the MS of tomorrow".

Sen. David Jordan, a Black Democrat from Greenwood, told his colleagues about his brother, who had served in World War II and tried, unsuccessfully, to get a hamburger at the back door of a new restaurant. McDaniel who was the only one to speak against the bill.

Religious groups - including the large and influential Mississippi Baptist Convention - said erasing the rebel emblem from the state flag is a moral imperative.



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