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Hard history: Mississippi museums explore slavery, Klan era

In the 1950s and ’60s, segregationist whites waved Confederate flags and slapped defiant bumper stickers on cars declaring Mississippi “the most lied about state in the Union.” Those were ways of making a dig against African-Americans who dared challenge racial oppression, and journalists covering the civil rights movement. Decades later, as Mississippi marks its bicentennial, the state is getting an ...

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Justices reject appeal over Mississippi Confederate emblem

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from an African-American attorney who called the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag “an official endorsement of white supremacy.” The justices did not comment as they ended a lawsuit by lawyer Carlos Moore that sought to have the flag declared an unconstitutional relic of slavery. Mississippi has used the same ...

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Another Mississippi city furls Confederate-themed state flag

Another Mississippi city will stop flying the state flag because it includes the Confederate battle emblem that critics see as racist. Aldermen in Cleveland voted 3-2 Tuesday to remove the flag from display at City Hall, the police department and other municipal property. Two aldermen were absent. Mississippi has used the same flag since 1894 and it has the last ...

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Poll: Support lacking to change state flag through statewide vote

By: BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Changing Mississippi’s controversial state flag through a statewide vote is not likely at this time, a recent poll indicates. The poll, conducted by Mississippi-based Chism Strategies, found that 49 percent oppose changing the flag while 41 percent support the adoption of a new state flag. Mississippi is the only state that has the Confederate ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: State flag conflict: morality vs. heritage

Former state GOP executive director, elected Republican official, and chief of staff to Kirk Fordice, Mississippi’s first Republican Governor, Andy Taggart has publicly challenged his party to step up and “lead the charge in finally removing from our state flag the representation of the Confederate battle flag.”    Saying such a move “will make a strong, moral statement” acknowledging “our ...

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Court asks Mississippi governor to defend Confederate emblem

The U.S. Supreme Court is asking attorneys for Mississippi’s governor to file arguments defending the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag. The court on Tuesday set a Sept. 28 deadline for the filing. Mississippi has the last state flag featuring the Confederate battle emblem. Critics say the symbol is racist, and supporters say it represents history. Carlos Moore, an African-American attorney ...

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Historians: Confederate emblem ‘symbol of racial terror’

Historians in Mississippi say the Confederate battle emblem is a “symbol of racial terror” that needs to be stripped from the state flag. Thirty-four professors released a statement this week saying they expect questions from students about the recent white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, where some participants carried the rebel flag. Mississippi has the last state flag with the ...

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Analysis: State symbols don’t have to go on the ballot

Defenders of the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag have a ready-made argument that was handed to them nearly a generation ago by lawmakers who didn’t want to deal with the politically volatile issue of redesigning the banner. It goes like this: The people of Mississippi voted to keep the flag in a statewide election in 2001, and politicians ...

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No special session to take Confederate symbol off Mississippi flag

A spokesman says Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant won’t call legislators back to the Capitol to consider removing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. The Legislative Black Caucus says Bryant should set a special session because white supremacists marched with the battle flag last weekend in Virginia. Mississippi has the last state flag featuring the Confederate battle emblem — ...

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DAVID BARIA: Time to remove Confederate battle flag from all official symbols of Mississippi

The events in Charlottesville evade simple description. The tragic loss of life and violent imagery are now part of our collective consciousness and already compare as one of the darkest chapters in modern American history.   For many of us who were not adults during segregation, these images seem ripped from a time we hoped was in the past. Sadly, ...

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