The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the hearing of a case that challenges the use of a Confederate image on the Mississippi state flag.
Carlos Moore, an African-American lawyer from Mississippi, argued that the flag represents "an official endorsement of white supremacy."
"The message on the Mississippi flag has always been hostile and racially insulting and is widespread and inevitable for both children and adults, "Moore said in his appeal to the court.
"The continued expression of the state of its message of racial disparagement sends a message to the African-American citizens of Mississippi who are second-clbad citizens."
The judges did not comment on their decision to reject Moore's appeal that the flag be an unconstitutional symbol of slavery, The Associated Press reported.
"We always knew it was a remote possibility," Moore said in the cable news.
After a lower court dismissed the lawsuit for lack of standing in April, Moore appealed the case to the Supreme Court on the grounds that the federal appellate court had given the fair protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment an interpretation too limited. 19659002] "We hope that one day the flag will go down," Moore told the AP. "It seems that public opinion keeps changing, and I'm sure it will go down in my life and definitely in my daughter's."
Moore argued that the design of the flag, which has been used since 1894, is harming the economy in a state that has a black population of 38 percent.
His drive to change the flag comes 16 years after the residents of Mississippi voted to keep it as it is a 2001 state referendum.
Gov. Phil Bryant (R) criticized Moore's lawsuit for "frivolous".