MS flag: 'In God We Trust' for Confederate symbol?
Jun 28 2020
Early this week, lawmakers indicated they planned to adjourn the regular session on Friday, making the issue of the state flag more urgent.
The state's annual legislative session is nearly over, and it takes a two-thirds majority of the House and Senate to consider a bill after the normal deadlines have passed.
"If they get those votes, a veto would be pointless", Reeves wrote on Facebook.
Ole Miss Chancellor Glenn Boyce and President of MSU echoed similar sentiments and reminded people that they have been in support of a change of the flag since 2015. And we were having this discussion at my house the other night.
The Confederate battle emblem has a red field topped by a blue X with 13 white stars.
Mississippi, where today 38 percent of the population is black, held a statewide vote in 2001 on the flag, which was backed by more than 60 percent. Elsewhere in the country, debate has sharpened as Confederate monuments and statues recalling past slavery have been toppled by protesters or deliberately removed by authorities amid a groundswell against racial inequities. "I am open to bringing all citizens together to determine a banner for our future". The addition of the motto "In God We Trust", from our State seal is the flawless way to demonstrate who we are to all.
But before a decision can be made to remove the flag, legislators first have to suspend the rules. To unify all the people in the state. Angela Turner Ford of West Point.
"I think everybody should be allowed to express their opinion", he said in reference to a question on Hill's status. "We're not asking you to rewrite history", he said.
McCray-Penson - joined by MSU Athletic Director John Cohen, football coach Mike Leach, baseball coach Chris Lemonis, men's basketball coach Ben Howland and softball coach Samantha Ricketts, among other athletic department officials from schools across the state - spent three hours weaving through the chambers of legislators throughout the capitol building, lobbying for the removal of the Confederate iconography on the MS state flag.
The retail giant announced that it would no longer display the Mississippi flag in its stores, while the Mississippi Baptist Convention, which represents more than half a million churchgoers, urged state leaders to adopt a new flag. The group said a new flag without Confederate images would boost economic opportunities.
Universities began speaking out about a change in the flag after SECCommissioner Greg Sankey called for a change to be made to the Confederate battle symbols on the flag or there would be consideration to prevent any Southeastern Conference championship games within the state.
It's time to change the state flag. I could tell that they want change.
"While some may see the current flag as a celebration of heritage, a significant portion of our state sees it as a relic of racism and a symbol of hatred", the statement read.