The bill now goes to the office of Governor Tate Reeves, who said on Saturday morning that he will enact the law, reversing resistance to a change of flag led by the legislature. Mississippians will vote on a replacement flag in the November elections. According to the legislation, the current design of the flag cannot be an option.“I guess many of you don’t even see this flag around the corner,” Mississippi state representative Ed Blackmon, who is black, said on Saturday. “Some of us notice it every time we walk in here, and it’s not a good feeling. “
Until the beginning of the month, the majority of Mississippians were in favor of keeping the flag, which highlights the battle flag of the Army of North Virginia. In 2001, voters decided two by one to vote to keep the flag as it was, many arguing that it was a nod to their ancestors who fought for Mississippi during the Civil War.
But a recent wave of influential business, religious, and sports leaders condemning the flag – including the Southeast Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association – has sparked a change of mind. Polls on Thursday found 55 percent of Mississippians want a change, according to the state chamber of commerce.
A lotdisappeared following the death of Floyd. Earlier this month, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced plans to remove an imposing statue from of Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue. Military leaders said they were open to renaming forts named after the Confederate Generals, a proposal that was . NASCAR has announced that it will ban the during races and other events, writing in a statement that the presence of the flag “goes against our commitment to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment.”
But nowhere is the Confederate flag more exposed than in Mississippi, the last state remaining to include the design on its official flag. While other southern states withdrew their designs that included the symbol, Mississippi was the only one to resist, even if state institutions voluntarily removed it.
After a white supremacist attacked black parishioners in a church in South Carolina, all public universities in Mississippi and many cities stopped beating the sign. But the flag still flies in front of many public buildings, including the State Capitol and the governor’s mansion.
Mississippians had previously resisted the change of flag, citing the history of the state. But activists argued that the flag was co-opted and is now used as a symbol of white supremacy, the Jim Crow South and the racism and violence that black Americans still face.
“My ancestors were beaten and traumatized, and it was under that flag,” said Jarrius Adams, 22, a political activist who advocated for change. “There are many moments when I am not proud to be from Mississippi, but it is definitely a moment that I am extremely proud to be from Mississippi. “