Home » NEWS » Govt/Politics » Black lawmakers set boycott over Confederate emblem on flag

Black lawmakers set boycott over Confederate emblem on flag

Some black Mississippi officials say they are boycotting a regional legislative meeting that their own state is hosting this summer, to protest the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag.

The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus is asking the Southern Legislative Conference to push Mississippi to lose its status as the last state with a flag featuring the emblem.

The caucus chairwoman, Democratic Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes, says the boycott could put pressure on Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn. The Republican is chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference, which meets July 29-Aug. 2 in Biloxi.

After black worshippers were killed in South Carolina in 2015 by an avowed white supremacist who had posed for photos holding the Confederate battle flag, Gunn said Mississippi should redesign its state banner. But that hasn’t happened.

BEFORE YOU GO…

… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About Associated Press

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*