Mississippi House approves plan to remove state flag with Confederate emblem


TOPLINE

The Mississippi House of Representatives on Saturday afternoon successfully passed a new resolution to change the state flag and remove the Confederate emblem, and Governor Tate Reeves also released a statement saying he would sign the bill.

KEY FACTS

The Mississippi House voted 85-34 on the proposal, authorizing the 82 votes necessary for it to pass.

Now he will go to the state Senate for a vote with immediate release, which means they can take him back whenever they want.

If approved in the Senate and approved by the governor, the bill will create a new commission to redesign the Mississippi flag by September 14, 2020, with a statewide special election to take place on November 3, 2020. 2020.

While the new design will not include the Confederate battle flag, one stipulation is that it must have the words “In God We Trust”.

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, a Republican, also said for the first time on Saturday that he would sign a bill to change the state flag if it landed on his desk.

“The legislature has been stagnant for days because it considers a new state flag,” Reeves said in a statement Saturday. “The discussion about the 1894 flag has become as divisive as the flag itself and it is time to end it. If they send me an invoice this weekend, I will sign it. ”

Crucial quote

“The eyes of the state, the nation, and indeed the world are on us and what we do today,” said Speaker of the House of Representatives Jason White, who introduced the resolution to the floor. Whether we like it or not, the Confederate emblem on our state’s flag is seen by many as a symbol of hatred. There is no way to avoid that fact. “

Key background

The Mississippi state flag has been controversial for years, but pressure to change the flag has reached new heights in recent months. There are increasing calls for protests following the death of George Floyd for the removal of the Confederate symbols, with forces both inside and outside of Mississippi now pressing to see a change to the flag. National calculations of race relations resulting from the protests after George Floyd’s death have once again highlighted the prominence of Confederate symbols displayed publicly in the U.S., and especially in the South, renewing calls for their elimination. Like much Confederate iconography, the Mississippi state flag was adopted a generation after the Civil War, in 1894, at a time when whites had regained political power across the South and Jim Crow laws were being passed.

Further reading

Mississippi governor rejects ‘separate but equal’ option for new state flag (Forbes)

Here are all the Confederate monuments that now come (Forbes)

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