The US Supreme Court UU He rejected on Monday an appeal by an African-American lawyer who called the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag "an official endorsement of white supremacy."
The judges did not comment as they completed a lawsuit by attorney Carlos Moore who claimed that the flag was declared an unconstitutional relic of slavery.
Mississippi has used the same flag since 1894. It is the last standard with the Confederate symbol, a red field surmounted by a slanting blue cross dotted with 13 white stars. Critics say that the symbol is racist. Supporters say it represents the story.
Moore said Monday that he received five death threats due to the lawsuit and three death threats because he removed the Mississippi flag from his court after becoming a judge in the city of Clarksdale. He said he is disappointed, but not surprised that the judges decided not to consider the case.
"We always knew it was a remote possibility," Moore told The Associated Press.
He said he believes the flag harms the economy in Mississippi, a state with a black population of 38 percent.
"We are hopeful that the flag will come down one day," said Moore. "It seems that public sentiment continues to change, and I'm sure it will go down in my life and definitely in my daughter's."
Moore's claim argued, in part, that the flag is an oppressive symbol that his daughter, who is now 7 years old, should not have to face at her public school.
Republican Governor Phil Bryant called Moore's demand "frivolous." Bryant has repeatedly said that if the design of the flag should be reconsidered, it should be done by a state vote as it was more than 16 years ago.
In a April 2001 referendum, residents of Mississippi voted to keep the flag. But the banner and other confederate symbols have come under greater scrutiny since 2015, when nine black worshipers were gunned down in a church in Charleston, South Carolina. A white man who posed in photos glorifying the rebel flag was sentenced to death in the fatal shootings, which police said were racially motivated.
Several cities and the eight public universities of Mississippi have stopped waving the state flag amid concerns that are offensive Many took out the banner of the exhibit after the slaughter of the Charleston church.
Moore filed his lawsuit in February 2016. A federal district judge and an appellate court ruled against him, but his lawyers asked the Supreme Court to review the case in June. term that began in October. The court accepts a fraction of the cases on appeal.
In written arguments filed with the Supreme Court on October 18, the governor's lawyers wrote about Moore: "In general, the petitioner alleges that he personally and deeply is offended by Mississippi state flag, and there is no doubt about the sincerity of those beliefs. " But state prosecutors said a lawsuit must show an "accusation of discriminatory treatment," and Moore did not.