Vote to remove the Confederate icon from the Mississippi House and Senate State Flag



The state's last state flag is considered a symbol of the Confederate struggle after state lawmakers voted Sunday to change the 126-year-old design.

Amid racial injustice, the Rajya Sabha, and later the National Resistance of the Senate, the move was met with bitter applause. By the end of Sunday, the bill was in government with Tate Reeves (R), who had previously indicated he would sign it. With their approval, the flag must be removed from government buildings within 15 days through a "prompt, respectful and respectful" process.

Shortly after the flag retirement afternoon, the legislature passed the House by 91 to 23 and the Senate by a vote of 37 to 14, after the senators made a decision with the voters through a referendum. Prior to the vote, lawmakers spoke out against changing the flag and blocked previous criticism and deportation efforts.

"In the name of history, I stand for my two sons, who are 1 and 6 years old," said Sen. Derrick Simmons (D), who is black. "Those who are educated in schools can often do professions and express their black voices in public places. These are symbols of love, not hatred.

Chris McDaniel (R), one of the most vocal opponents to changing the flag, argued that doing so would reduce slippage, and national efforts to challenge the country's founding and history. He made one last appeal to eligible voters.

“After all,” he said, “this is his kingdom, not ours. "

But in a state that is nearly 40 percent black, Confederate iconography of the flag has long been divided. In 1894, nearly 30 years after the end of the Civil War, it was shown as a Confederate symbol - 13 white stars with a red background with blue X in the upper-left corner.

Although it is increasingly seen as a symbol of oppression, the flag still attracts serious defenders who feel it is part of their heritage. MPs who did not support the abandonment of the current design said that their constituencies were giving them emotional and emotional views in favor of keeping it.

"When we delete our history or detach our history, we lose the opportunity to educate and communicate and communicate the true meaning of things," said Sen. Melania Sojourner (R), "If we remove things, we are not likely to talk."

Earlier this month, the flag faced its most serious challenge in 2001, giving voters the option of deciding whether to change. He voted 2 to 1 to keep it. In the same year, Georgia was the only state to have the Confederate War symbol, replacing it after a legislative session.

Over the years, the various bills that have pulled the Mississippi flag have come to a real moment. After widespread opposition to racial injustice focused on union symbols, state officials came under increasing pressure.

In the past few weeks, businesses, universities, and faith leaders have called for it to be replaced. Influential organizations, including the Southern Baptist Convention, have joined those calls. University coaches and athletes urged lawmakers in the capital to take action. Walmart stopped hoisting the flag in its stores, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Confederate logo declared a ban on the establishment of championships in states with "prominent presence" - only applicable to Mississippi. The Southeastern Conference said it would also consider such a move.

Legislators who previously opposed changing the flag have begun to change their stance, fearing that the state will deviate from job creation and economic growth if it is idolized by a symbol of a unified election.

Nathan R. Wright, Professor of Political Science at Millsaps College, Mississippi. Schrader called Sunday's vote a "confluence of events," a gradual shift away from the once-dominant support to keep the old flag. While there are ample indications that change is taking place, especially among young Mississippians, some expect that flag change will also be voted on when this year's legislative session begins.

“In 1865, the Confederacy surrendered, and now in 2020, another part of it comes to one of the last settlements here, where it remains intact in the official symbiosis of the state,” he said. "To me, I think it's historically important and politically important."

Legislators on Saturday removed the first hurdle to removing the old flag after days of tension in the state assembly. That morning, Reeves announced Wednesday that "an attempt to erase the history of our country is taking place across the country" - announcing that it was time to turn the page.

A few hours later, the House and later the Senate swiftly approved measures to allow votes on the flag. Those votes were procedural: By the end of the Legislative Assembly, lawmakers had to approve a deadline to introduce legislation on the flag.

The law, which was passed on Sunday, called for the formation of a committee to approve a different design. The new flag has two requirements. It should contain the words "In God We Trust" and may not contain the Confederate fighting symbol. The proposed design will go before voters in November for approval; If rejected, create something unique and submit it to voters.

In both the House and Senate, Sunday saw more votes to change the flag, as it was the day before a procedural move to consider flag change. Rape Jerry Turner (R) was among those who came forward to change the flag.

He said before the vote that he hopes to bring the matter to voters. But, the train left the station and became an "integration train."

Turner said, "I don't know about you today, but I want to be one of the first people to get my ticket." Because I am the perfect partner and I can fulfill all those statements. I can do what I have done over the years to seek unity in our great state, Mississippi. "

Long-time advocates have been satisfied that the Confederate symbology is to be abandoned as a sign of the progress of the legislature's decision.

Cathy Sykes, a former black Democrat who filed a bill for a redesign in 2016, said her granddaughter "represents a period of harassment, second-degree citizenship," when African Americans do not have the right to honor white Mississippi. "

On Sunday, he said, "When we know it's the first thing we have an eye on African Americans, we pretend it's not there." "So long ago, we accepted it because of what we had to do. But if it was our choice, it would have been a long time ago.

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