Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday signed into law a measure that removes the Mississippi state flag, which features the blue bars and white stars of the Confederate battle flag. The legislation requires it to be removed within 15 days.
The state flag, which features the blue bars and white stars of the Confederate battle flag, had flown over Mississippi for 126 years. It must be removed within 15 days.
Credit...Pool photo by Rogelio V. SolisByJune 30, 2020,10:03 p.m. ETJACKSON, Miss. — Just a few weeks ago, as Mississippi lawmakers mobilized to take down the only state flag in the nation with the Confederate battle emblem embedded into it, Gov. Tate Reeves said the choice was not theirs to make.
“It should be the people who make that decision,” Mr. Reeves told reporters then, “not some backroom deal by a bunch of politicians in Jackson.”But on Tuesday, Mr. Reeves signed into law a measure that removes the flag that has flown over the state for 126 years and been at the heart of a conflict Mississippi has grappled with for generations: how to view a legacy that traces to the Civil War.
The legislation mandates the “prompt, dignified and respectful” removal of the flag, which features the blue bars and white stars of the Confederate battle flag, within 15 days.Mr. Reeves, a Republican, acknowledged his own evolution from believing the flag should be changed only through a statewide referendum to allowing lawmakers to make the decision.
He said that Mississippi has been buffeted in recent months by flooding, tornadoes and an eruption of violence and discord in state prisons before the outbreak of the coronavirus and the economic devastation it has unleashed. He said that dividing the state, and stirring up an internecine political fight, would only hurt it even more.
ImageState employees raised Mississippi state flags over the Capitol grounds in Jackson on Tuesday.Credit...Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press“There are people on either side of the flag debate who may never understand the other,” Mr. Reeves said in a speech on Tuesday delivered from the governor’s mansion in Jackson. “We as a family must show empathy. We must understand that all who want change are not attempting to erase history. And all who want the status quo are not meanspirited or hateful.”
Mr. Reeves had previously said he would sign the measure that state legislators approved over the weekend, in another example of Confederate symbols being re-examined following protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.When the state flag was last on the ballot, in 2001, Mississippi voters overwhelmingly decided to keep it. But over the weekend, the House voted, 91-23, in favor of removing the flag, and the Senate affirmed that decision in a 37-14 vote.
A commission will be charged with introducing a new flag design by September that could be included on the November ballot. The new flag will be forbidden from including the Confederate battle emblem and must include the phrase “In God we trust.” Read more: The New York Times »
Correction: which features the racist symbols of the Confederate battle flag It's the Democrat party flag. I can’t believe it’s the year 2020 and that shit was still flying. So good for Mississippi for finally getting it right! I don't know how it is in usa, but in europe we call people who prise our ennemies-traitors. Why your laws even let this people speack or give opinion on this kind of things ? Its like if tomorow we let nazis have Hitler statues ... its just fuckin stupid.
Good. Good. What took them so long to remove it? Was it because of their 'heritage', was it because the flag stood as a provocation to black folks? Change Okay, nice. Late but nice. Now Mississippi remove the bigots from your police departments in your state. In other words, nearly a third of Mississippi lawmakers opposed making their state flag less racist. Commendable!!!
That took a lot of time to happen.
Mississippi governor to sign bill to remove Confederate emblem from state flag in 'coming days'Sad,,,, Shameful Good riddance
Mississippi governor signs bill into law removing Confederate symbol from state flagUPDATE: Mississippi governor signs bill into law removing Confederate symbol from state flag. Finally Making progress. Keep fighting.
Mississippi lawmakers overwhelmingly pass bill to create new state flag without Confederate battle emblemThe Mississippi flag and its Confederate battle emblem is expected to come down in the coming days as lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to choose a new state banner. Time destroys all things. Long overdue. Should never have had it, as the civil war was a rebellion, subsequently put down.
Mississippi governor to sign bill removing Confederate emblem from state flagRepublican Gov. Tate Reeves is set to sign a bill Tuesday evening to remove the Confederate emblem from the official Mississippi state flag, the only remaining state flag to feature the Confederate insignia. Place a running river. As logo..green with blue. Now do the Democratic Party.
Mississippi Legislature passes bill to eliminate Confederate symbol from state flagMississippi lawmakers have voted in favor of removing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. Random black guy gets killed by a cop and now an entire race war has started.
What we know, and what's next, for the bill to change the Mississippi state flagThe Mississippi Legislature overwhelmingly approved to remove the Confederate emblem from its state flag this weekend. Here's what we know. when was the vote? i didnt see a ballot initiative? سلام بر همه دوستان امریکایی عزیزم؛من این رو با تمام وجودم به همه معترضین عزیز و خانواده های عزیزی که عزیزانشون رو در اعتراضات از دست دادن قول میدم که اون عزیزان به بهترین جای ممکن انتقال داده شدند و دارن به احمقی و بیشعوری ترامپ و متحدانش میخندن...روحشون شاد و یادشون گرامی🙏😍