Mississippi Makes Massive Decision About the Confederate Flag
In a massive stand for Southern history, the governor of Mississippi announced that he would not call his state’s legislature into special session this year to debate the removal of the Confederate flag from the state standard.
The flag of Mississippi has had the Confederate emblem on it since 1894, and Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican, has ensured that it will stay that way until at least 2018. A report from The Associated Press made it clear that Bryant “wouldn’t call Mississippi legislators into special session this year to debate the flag.”
The legislature in Mississippi adjourned in April, before the shooting at the Emmanuel African American Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Since the shooter, Dylann Roof, had been photographed prior wearing a Confederate flag patch on his jacket, in the ensuing controversy major initiatives were made in a number of states to remove either the Confederate flag or the names of Confederate war heroes from statues, monuments and buildings.
Among other states that saw major initiatives to erase Confederate history were Alabama, California, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
However, politicians in Mississippi have have stood against political correctness before during the Obama years, and were less eager to participate in the flag-condemning spree. When Mississippi’s speaker of the house, Republican Rep. Philip Gunn, announced he was taking an anti-flag position, the Sons of Confederate Veterans responded with a campaign of yard signs and bumper stickers saying, “Keep the Flag. Change the Speaker.”