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Signed, Sealed & Delivered - Mississippi Legislature passes historic legislation for new flag

Eric J. Shelton  Mississippi Today The Mississippi state flag flies in downtown Jackson on Thursday

The Mississippi state House advanced legislation to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state's flag.

Politicians in the U.S. state of MS have taken a major step towards removing the Confederate emblem from the state flag. However, he said that that debate is settled, and this bill is something new.

Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter, who is now 97, served on then-President Bill Clinton's national advisory board on race in the 1990s and was chairman of the Mississippi flag commission in 2000. However, the house tabled a motion Sunday to name the bill after Kylin Hill, a running back at Mississippi State whose opposition to the current flag made him a recent sensation on social media. "While the issue continues to be discussed, we've made the decision to remove the MS state flag from display in its current form from our stores".

As protests against racial injustice recently spread across the US, including MS, leaders from business, religion, education and sports have spoken forcefully against the state flag.

If a majority voting that day accept the new design, it would become the state flag.

Since 2001, when voters decisively approved the flag in a referendum, the line taken by many MS lawmakers was that only another statewide vote could change it. In the meantime, MS will have no official state flag.

The goal of the bill is to get the new flag design on ballots in November.

Johnson said MS needs help with many problems, such as poverty and poor health care, but the nation and world "have been reluctant" to work with MS and that removing the flag with a Confederate emblem will help. "They'll begin to see that we're more than what that flag represents".

The resolution calls for the immediate removal of the current flag and for a commission to design a new flag in which all Confederate symbols will be removed and the words "In God We Trust" will be added.

A growing list of businesses, cities, counties and other groups either stopped flying the flag or asked leaders to change it.

Princeton University said Saturday it was removing the name of President Woodrow Wilson from its public policy school and a residential college, calling the former USA leader a racist.

"Some of you when you come in here don't notice that flag up in the corner", said Democratic Rep. Ed Blackmon, D-Canton.

"I don't think we can move forward together if we say, 'Ýou can have any flag you want except ... this one, '" Brown said. In the last referendum on the state flag in 2001, almost two-thirds of voters chose to keep it as is. Nevertheless, the current flag's opponents rejoiced at winning the main point: ridding the state of a reminder it once fought on behalf of a government dedicated to slavery.

I don't know McDaniel, much less whether he's racist or a bad human being.