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Greenville City Council votes to remove state flag

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council has voted to remove the Mississippi state flag from all city properties and buildings.

The Delta Democrat-Times reports council member voted 4-2 Tuesday in favor of removing the flag.

Mississippi law does not compel cities to fly the state flag, which may be displayed from all public buildings.

Council members voted after hearing from the Rev. Roosevelt Johnson. He says that by petitioning to remove the flag, his group wasn’t trying to infringe on anyone’s belief or opinion, but instead trying to eliminate a divide it created among black and white residents.

Voting against the removal of the state flag were council members Carolyn Weathers and Ann Hollowell. They said they believed it was a matter best left up to the state.

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15 comments

  1. Great, I can’t wait till the day that we rid our entire state of the flag!

  2. It’s honestly well past time to change the flag, but I don’t expect any leadership from the governor or anyone in the legislature on this issue. Mississippi is the laughingstock of the nation and our image is only going to get worse.

    Mississippi has the lowest number of college graduate of any state in the union (20%) and we are bleeding population as the few educated citizens we have seek better opportunities elsewhere.

    Changing the flag will not solve all our problems, but not changing it tells the world that we don’t care and are content being dead last in everything good.

    I am tired of being embarrassed by my home state.

    • Where did you find your percentages?

    • Poor Babies, Norman & Lavontae, I am so sorry for you both, I’ll bet you both voted for Obama didn’t you? That’s what you should be ashamed of. You and your kind are what embarrases me. I am Very Proud of our State and of our Flag, as all Mississippians should be. My GG Grandfather is buried in the Cedar Hill Cemetery, also known as Solders Rest, in Vicksburg, Yes, he was Murdered by Northern Terrorist while trying to defend States Rights, not Slavery, Read not what the Government replaced in all of our History books but go out and read what really happened, have an open mind. Two books every American should read are: “The Peace that Almost Was” by: Mark Tooley, and “Absolute Proof” By: Gene Kizer. There are many more, but these are (2) pretty good ones to start with. Try to reframe from watching anything on PBS by Ken Burns, as he has done more to Distort the Truth than any other 12 People could have, all to Profit Monetarily. If you are so embarrassed then you have the right to leave Mississippi and go anyplace you think you might like better. As a matter of fact, I’m sure that the good people of Mississippi would take up a collection and buy you a one way plane ticket to any other state or country you desire. I am sure that none of you will pickup any book and read it because you don’t want to know the truth, you want to think what you do because it keeps fueling the fires of your Hatred and that is what you do best. Educate yourselves, then see if you don’t think differently.

      • Larry I attempted to read the garbage that you wrote but after a few sentences I got bored. I voted for Obama and I’m proud of it. I bet you voted for Bush and thought that the invasion of Iraq was justified! People like you are the problem, you want total control and fear those that don’t think like you. Maybe your GG Grandfather wouldn’t have been killed if he wasn’t a traitor against America. Kind of like terrorist out in Oregon. You are only prolonging the inevitable, and that’s what makes this sweet. You talking about picking a book and reading! Let me guess, I sure be reading something from some whack-job right-wing nut about how the government is too powerful and over intrusive! lol Get a life! I will be glad the day that idiots like you are not the majority in this state so that it can make some progress and not slow 1-2% slow growth that your boy Phil Bryant think is a good thing.

  3. I’m sure the legislature will dodge the issue by having another referendum .

    They are too chicken to go on record.

  4. Pathetic. Another city council going against the majority of Mississipians who democratically chose to keep their flag just to please the offended minority.

  5. No state flag….no state funding…

  6. There will be a division for sure now! More flags will go up on private property. The council should have left the flag alone. Special Interest organizations do not control the majority or assign cultural values. The flag is going nowhere.

  7. The city of Greenville, MS has way bigger issues than the state flag. How is changing the flag that has already been voted on to keep gonna do anything for Greenville? The economy sucks. There is hardly no place to have a child’s birthday party. Seems like everything closes down. The crash of car show def ruined the hotel market there. I honestly could go on and on. How bout legalizing marijuana to put those tax dollars back into the city of Greenville to make it a fun, safe , and attractive environment that people can enjoy for years to come.

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