Should Mississippi change its state flag? | The Tylt
Should Mississippi change its state flag?
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from an African-American attorney who argued the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag was “an official endorsement of white supremacy.” Mississippi's governor Phil Bryant called the lawsuit "frivolous," and argued that the flag design had been voted on 16 years ago and the people of Mississippi chose to keep it. Even so, recent events of increased racial tension has caused many to reconsider the state's controversial flag.
In an April 2001 referendum, Mississippi residents voted to keep the flag. But the banner and other Confederate symbols have come under increased scrutiny since 2015, when nine black worshippers were shot to death in a church in Charleston, South Carolina. A white man who had posed in photos glorifying the rebel flag was sentenced to death in the fatal shootings, which police contend were racially motivated.
Many lawmakers are urging others to act to remove confederate symbols across the country.
Time to retire the Confederate symbol from Mississippi's flag. Though #SCOTUS will not take this case, MS lawmakers have the power to act. Confederate symbols are embraced by white supremacists. Email Lt Gov Tate Reeves of MS Senate & tell him to act now--> email@example.com https://t.co/bKLZ9xgh3i
But others argue that even if the flag is controversial, changing it won't change the attitudes of the people of Mississippi. And erasing out history is never the answer.
#ccjs420 racist or historical? SCOTUS rejects appeal on Mississippi state flag. Changing the flag would not change history nor would it change the views of the people in Mississippi. I don’t think changing the flag would have a positive outcome https://t.co/FkzW76KBFt
@AP_Politics@clarionledger Removing a flag is not going to change the hearts and minds, views of supporters of the flag nor will is change the overall conditionality of Black people in the Mississippi Delta or Mississippi in general.