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Lawmaker: Confederate sign on Mississippi flag a ‘disgrace’

JACKSON — A longtime black state lawmaker says the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is a “disgrace” and needs to be removed.

Democratic Sen. David Jordan of Greenwood also says the flag is an embarrassment to more than 1 million African-Americans who make up nearly 38 percent of Mississippi’s population.

He spoke Thursday as more than 200 people rallied outside the state Capitol for lawmakers to redesign the 122-year-old flag. Mississippi is the last state with a banner featuring the rebel emblem — a red field topped by a blue X dotted by 13 white stars.

Confederate symbols have been widely debated since nine black worshippers were slain last summer in a South Carolina church. The white man charged in the slayings had previously posed for photos with the rebel flag.

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4 comments

  1. It really is past time to find a more representative state flag, but I’m not hopeful the legislature has the backbone to face this issue as was done in South Carolina and Georgia. No one is calling for the battle flag to be removed from historical memory, and despite the frantic howls of “political correctness” and “liberalism” coming from supporters like Chris McDaniel, this is not a left vs. right issue. This is simply a matter of finding a symbol that is not divisive and better reflects who we are as Mississippians today.

    Those who love the battle flag are perfectly free to display it on their property or person. The first amendment guarantees them the “right to offend” as Mr. McDaniel often states. In fact, Mr. McDaniel and his constituency can go fly it in a boat on the Ross Barnett Reservoir. There is a perfect seminary in them displaying in on a lake named after a segregationist from the past.

    Step up, legislators, the world is watching.

  2. What is the malfunction with the legislature? Do they want to reinforce our backward stereotype? The simple thing to do is go back to the magnolia flag, but I suspect grasping that concept is beyond the mental abilities of our leaders.

    Hang on, Mississippi, if you thought we were a national joke you ain’t seen nothing yet!

  3. All this is about is giving their political enemies a poke in the eye. It has nothing to do with “love and unity.”

    They promote the idea of a “Flag for All the People” while leveling insults at two-thirds of…All the People.

    • Insults? The insult is having this flag displayed and blatantly spitting in the face of more than half the citizens of your state! I hardly find “A Flag for All Mississippians” to be issue. Conversely, constantly running around and yelling that specifically “your” heritage is being taking away is directly an insult to the majority of American’s.

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