Greg Sankey, commissioner of the southeastern Conference, said Thursday evening that the conference would consider banning the championships of the Mississippi river until the State changes its State flag, which contains the emblem of the battle of the Confederates.
While the protests against the actions and racial iconography, confederate rage in the State and the nation, legislators have discussed the change of the flag of the State in the past two weeks – one discussions, the most serious on the change of flag of the State since 2001, when the voters of Mississippi have decided to almost 2 percent. 1 to retain the present flag.
Ole Miss and Mississippi State University are members of the SEC.
“It is time that changes are made to the flag of the State of Mississippi,” said Sankey in the press release. “Our students deserve an opportunity to learn and compete in environments that are inclusive and welcoming to all.”
The president of the State of Mississippi, Mark Keenum, released a statement shortly after the publication of the declaration of Sankey.
“Since 2015, our student association, the Senate of the faculty Robert Holland and the university administration are strongly in favour of changing the flag of the State,” said Keenum in the press release. “I have repeated this point of view to the leaders of our State on several occasions, including during discussions in face-to-face in recent days and recent hours. On 12 June, I wrote to the governor, lieutenant governor and president of the house of the Mississippi to reaffirm this support. The letter said, in part, that our flag should be unifying, not a symbol that divides us. I pointed out that it was time to resume a debate that is respectful on this issue. “
Ole Miss Chancellor Glenn Boyce and the director of athletics Keith Carter have also published a joint statement in response to comments Sankey.
“The community of the University of Mississippi concluded years ago that the battle flag of the Confederates did not represent many of our core values, such as civility and respect for others”, wrote Boyce and Carter. “In 2015, the university has consistently flown the flag of the State on our campus. Mississippi has need a flag that represents the qualities of our state that unite us, not those that divide us still. We support the position of the SEC to change the flag of the State of Mississippi in an image that is more welcoming and inclusive to all. ”
A bill that would change the flag of the State is pending before the senate committee on Constitution, while senator Chris Johnson, R-Hattiesburg and president of the committee, said he would not resume the project of law.
Legislators could choose to file any new resolution or bill, but a vote of two-thirds of the House and Senate would be required to review any bill to change the flag. The legislature should stay in session until next Friday.
The lieutenant-governor Hosemann, mum on the issue of the flag of the State, provides almost certain death for a bill that would change the flag