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Updated flag lawsuit says rebel emblem ‘vestige’ of slavery

Phil Bryant

Phil Bryant

An attorney is making additional arguments in a federal lawsuit that seeks to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi flag.

In papers filed Thursday, Carlos Moore says the emblem violates the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which outlawed slavery. He says the emblem used by some Confederate troops during the Civil War is a “vestige” of slavery.

Moore filed his lawsuit against Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday, saying the flag violates equal protection guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.

A hearing will be set after Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood files a response for the state.

Bryant says the lawsuit is “frivolous” and Mississippi voters should decide whether to redesign the 122-year-old banner. It’s the last state flag that includes the Confederate battle emblem.

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3 comments

  1. Phil Bryant your governorship is frivolous!

  2. Let’s just ban every mention of race and anything that has to do with race: slavery, civil rights, discrimination, etc.

    Mentioning someone’s race is banned.
    Any group defined by race, like the Black Caucus, is banned and must be broken up.
    Black History Month is banned. So is White History Month.
    Any talk of a Civil Rights Museum or anything related to Civil Rights is Banned.
    Any articles about the KKK, Emmett Till, MLK, Medgar Evers, David Duke, Malcolm X, etc. are banned.
    Anything related to Whoopie Goldberg is banned.
    Barnett Reservoir should be renamed “Rainbow Reservoir”

    • Spoken like a true idiot! You made sure that you mentioned more black people and groups than whites thinking that no one would pick up on you subtle racism.

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