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Ole Miss Finally Caves to Liberal Pressure

Ole Miss Finally Caves to Liberal Pressure

By Susan Svrluga for The Washington Post

The Mississippi flag was taken down at the state’s public university Monday morning, after student leaders, faculty and staff called for its removal because of its prominent Confederate emblem.

It was a dramatic change for a university long proud of its southern traditions and ties to the Confederacy, a school that closed down entirely during the Civil War when nearly all of its students enlisted, and one that was at the center of a seminal moment in the civil rights movement.

It’s part of a debate playing out across the South over the Confederate symbols that for some represent Southern heritage but for others are just shorthand for slave ownership and racism.

“As Mississippi’s flagship university, we have a deep love and respect for our state,” University of Mississippi’s interim chancellor Morris Stocks said in a statement Monday. “Because the flag remains Mississippi’s official banner, this was a hard decision.

“I understand the flag represents tradition and honor to some. But to others, the flag means that some members of the Ole Miss family are not welcomed or valued. That is why the university faculty, staff and leadership have united behind this student-led initiative.”

Ole Miss police officers lowered it as the campus opened, and folded it for storage in the archives along with the written resolutions from campus groups.

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