Jackson, MI – Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has signed a bill on Tuesday that retires the state flag of Mississippi. The move has been expected in recent days and comes just after the state legislature passed a bill authorizing the move.
In his statements about the bill, the Governor said, “This is not a political moment to me, but a solemn occasion to lead our Mississippi family to come together to be reconciled and to move on.” Reeves, a Republican, has been a supporter of the flag movement over the past few weeks amid racial turmoil across the US.
The flag was adopted in 1894 and contains the Confederate Flag resemblance in the upper left corner with blue, white, and red stripes. A commission will now start designing a new flag to replace the retired flag.
The Confederate flag has become a controversial item in recent years. The media has said that it is a rallying cry for white supremacists. Others argue that the flag is a memorial of a time in our nation’s history.
The historical argument is that the flag helps remind us of how far we have come amid the racial divide in our country. The white supremacy argument has been fueled by riots and a Black Lives Matter movement.
The move to replace the flag is controversial and will be argued for some time. No preliminary designs for a new flag have been made available.
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