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Mississippi removes Confederate symbol from state flag

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/29/20, 03:54 am

State lawmakers from both sides of the aisle hugged one another and spectators cheered on Sunday after the House and Senate voted to replace the last U.S. state flag that displayed the Confederate battle emblem. The design adopted by white supremacist legislators more than a century ago came under criticism amid the recent protests against racial injustice. Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, said the flag will lose its official status once he signs the bill into law this week.

What is the next step? A nine-member commission will design a new flag that cannot include the Confederate symbol and must integrate the phrase “In God We Trust.” Those who continue to support the emblem have called it a heritage, while activists and religious groups including the Mississippi Baptist Convention said it is a moral imperative to replace the flag. Voters will decide on the new design in November.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 06/29/2020 04:58 pm

    Overdue.  Also, Arkansas, one of a small number of states without a "hate crimes" law, is going to pass one. 

    Progress, in small symbolic ways.   I have my doubts either of these will make a difference to the protestors. 

  • SJBaptist
    Posted: Tue, 06/30/2020 01:01 pm

    Old Mike,

    Agree with you on the flag.

    However, it strikes me that a "hate crimes law" is a bit gratuitus and unconstitutional? It smacks of a violation of the 8th ammendment by instituting a two tiered punishment: one tier for the average "joe-shmo" committing a crime, and then a special tier for those who committ it with hate in their heart against a particular democraphic.  What do you think?  

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 07/01/2020 05:35 pm

    I think it depends on how a State writes its hate-crime law.  I also think, in these times, the symbolism of a hate-crime law is important enough to over-ride many of the objections. I include that particular one you raise, which I have also felt. 

    We're not living in simple times, are we.