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House would ban Confederate flags on VA cemetery flagpoles

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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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Mississippi lawmakers not erasing Confederate emblem on flag

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JACKSON — Mississippi legislators this year won’t attempt to redesign the last state flag that features the Confederate battle emblem because leaders say they can’t find a majority to remove the symbol from the 122-year-old banner. Tuesday was the deadline for legislative committees to act on general bills, and flag proposals are among hundreds of measures that died without being ...

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Lawmaker: Confederate sign on Mississippi flag a ‘disgrace’

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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

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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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University students discuss Mississippi flag at campus forum

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COLUMBUS — Students and members of the community gathered at a Mississippi University for Women forum to discuss the state’s flag. The Commercial Dispatch reports Monday’s forum was put together by the school’s Student Government Association. Following a brief lecture on the history of Mississippi’s state flags, students were given the chance to ask questions about its current flag. Some ...

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Man who vandalized Ole Miss statue gets 6 months in prison

A former University of Mississippi student who admitted helping place a noose on a statue of a civil rights activist is going to prison. WTVA-TV reports a federal judge Thursday in Oxford sentenced Graeme Phillip Harris to six months in prison beginning Jan. 4, and 12 months’ supervised release. Harris’ lawyer argued he didn’t deserve jail time. Harris pleaded guilty ...

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1 Miss. flag initiative withering, but supporter plans more

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JACKSON — One proposal to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is about to die. But, a flag supporter says others are being filed. Greg Stewart is director of Biloxi’s Beauvoir, the last home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. He’s among those pushing a ballot initiative to enshrine Mississippi’s flag design in the state constitution. Stewart says ...

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OUR VIEW: Our new flag will be a sight to behold

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In general relativity, an event horizon is a boundary in spacetime beyond which events cannot affect an outside observer. In layman’s terms, it is defined as “the point of no return”, the point at which the gravitational pull becomes so great as to make escape impossible. In Mississippi we passed an event horizon in 2001. That’s when Mississippi held a ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Mississippi’s thin racial veneer

Race persists as a predominant part of Mississippi life. There are the disparities revealed by objective facts:   Most Republicans are white. Most African-Americans are Democrats. All statewide elected officials are white. Most prison inmates are black. Most wealthy Mississippians, business owners, bank executives, physicians, and plant managers are white. Most poverty-level Mississippians and non-elderly Medicaid recipients are black. Most ...

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Barbour says 'tar babies' quote not meant to offend

JACKSON — Former Gov. Haley Barbour acknowledges he used the term “tar babies” to describe President Barack Obama’s policies, but says “neither the context nor the connotation was intended to offend.” The website Politico first reported Barbour made the remark during a Nov. 6 conference call with clients of the Washington lobbying firm he founded, BGR. In a statement sent ...

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