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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 the flag design was voted on 16 years ago and the people of Mississippi chose to keep it. Even so, recent events of increased racial tension have 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.
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Some argue as the state with the largest percentage of African Americans, keeping the flag is a slap in the face to so many citizens of Mississippi.

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Many lawmakers are urging others to act to remove Confederate symbols across the country.

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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.

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