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BREAKING NEWS: Mississippi Lawmakers Vote to Change State Flag

Written by joe.breaux

Mississippi lawmakers voted Sunday to remove the Confederate battle emblem from its state flag, more than a century after the legislators embedded it there a generation after the South lost the Civil War.

Mississippi’s House and Senate voted in succession Sunday afternoon to retire the controversial flag, with broad support coming from both Republicans and Democrats. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has already stated he would sign the bill.

A commission will be appointed to design a new state flag that cannot include the Confederate symbol and voters will be asked to approve the new design on the November 3rd election.

Republican House Speaker Philip Gun, a long-time supporter for changing the flag, says the Confederate symbol is offensive. Mississippi has an African American population of 38%, yet the Mississippi state flag remained as the last flag that incorporated a Confederate emblem.

The House passed the bill 91-23 with the Senate passing it 37-14.

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