Mississippi state legislature passes the bill to eliminate the confederate emblem from their state flag

On Sunday, a bill to eliminate the Confederate symbol from their flag was approved in a significant election on being the sole state flag to feature the Confederate emblem.

 

The bill will now move to the Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, who has told that he would sign it into law.

 

The bill will now move to the Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, who has told that he would sign it into law.

 

The legislation which discharged the state House in a 91-23 vote and the state Senate with a 37-14 vote occurs as Mississippi lawmakers have been thinking of formulating a modification to their flag for weeks amidst the continuing racial justice protests throughout the country. The flag, primarily adopted in 1894, has red, white, and blue stripes with the Confederate battle emblem featured in one corner.

 

The bill sets out a commission to produce a brand new flag design skipping the Confederate symbol that contains the phrase “In God, We Trust.” Mississippi state voters would then voice their opinion on the fresh design in forthcoming November.

 

Jeramey Anderson, a State Rep and a Democrat from Moss Point, praised passage Sunday as a “historic moment.”

 

Anderson tweeted: “I thank those who came before us, who with courage and resolve nurtured the Civil Rights Movement that helped bring us to this day,” “What a beautiful moment of unity.”

 

That message was repeated by Zakiya Summers,  Democratic state Rep., who also tweeted, “I just through the deuces to the state flag that’s at the entrance of the house chamber!”

 

On Sunday evening, Derrick Johnson, NAACP President,  told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, “This is a long time coming.”

 

“Finally, Mississippi decided to be one of the 50 states, and not the one state standing alone still bearing the emblem of a segregated society,” he mentioned.

 

Sunday’s vote happened as the Mississippi House and Senate approved a resolution on Saturday to commence with the procedure of modifying the flag.

 

Subsequently, Jefferson Davis’ great-great-grandson, Bertram Hayes-Davis, agreed with the potent alteration in  the Mississippi flag, further stating that the “battle flag has been hijacked” and “does not represent the entire population of Mississippi.”

 

“It is historic and heritage-related, there are a lot of people who look at it that way, and God bless them for that heritage. So put it in a museum and honor it there or put it in your house, but the flag of Mississippi should represent the entire population, and I am thrilled that we’re finally going to make that change,” informed Hayes-Davis to CNN’s Ana Cabrera on “Newsroom” Saturday.

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