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Effort to strip Confederate emblem off state flag is failing

An effort to erase the Confederate battle emblem from Mississippi’s flag is failing because sponsors haven’t collected enough signatures to put an initiative on the 2018 ballot. The petition drive started in response to the June 2015 slayings of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, and was part of a movement across the South to rethink ...

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MSU, MUW stop flying Confederate-themed Mississippi flag; Delta State last holdout

Two more Mississippi universities have stopped flying the state’s flag featuring the Confederate battle emblem, decisions that drew rebukes from the governor. Mississippi State University and the Mississippi University for Women confirmed Tuesday that they removed the flag from outdoor flagpoles over the summer. The universities’ actions came after state lawmakers failed to act on changing the flag this year. ...

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Flag issue no show at Neshoba County Fair

By BOBBY HARRISON A litany of conservative issues dominated the speech-making last week at the annual Neshoba County Fair political speakings, ranging from opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion to support for gun rights and tax cuts. But nary a word was spoken from the stage of the tin-roofed Founders Square Pavilion about a controversial issue facing the state that splits ...

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Gunn gets vote on confederate flag as church messenger

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, who surprisingly broke with the majority of the state’s Republican leadership last summer when he endorsed changing the Mississippi flag, got to vote on the issue recently. Gunn was a “messenger” for his church, Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton, to the Southern Baptist Convention earlier this month. At the ...

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Southern Baptists oppose Confederate flag, talk racial unity

The Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday urged Christians to stop displaying the Confederate battle flag, recognizing that it is perceived by many as a “symbol of hatred, bigotry and racism” that offends millions of people. The resolution, originally presented by African-American Pastor Dwight McKissic, had stirred debate and led to at least one call to withdraw it. The version presented to thousands ...

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House would ban Confederate flags on VA cemetery flagpoles

The House voted on Thursday to ban the display of the Confederate flag on flagpoles at federal veterans’ cemeteries. The 265-159 vote would block descendants and others seeking to commemorate veterans of the Confederate States of America from flying the Confederate Battle Flag over mass graves on the two days a year that flag displays are permitted. California Democrat Jared ...

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Updated flag lawsuit says rebel emblem ‘vestige’ of slavery

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. ...

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Lawsuit seeks to remove Confederate-themed Mississippi flag

A federal lawsuit against Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant seeks to eliminate the nation’s last state flag with the Confederate battle emblem. In the suit filed Monday, attorney Carlos Moore of Grenada, Mississippi, said the flag is “state-sanctioned hate speech” that makes him and other African-Americans fear for their lives. He is asking a judge to remove the flag and declare ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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