Lawsuit seeks to eliminate the nation’s last state flag with the Confederate battle emblem
A federal lawsuit against Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant seeks to eliminate the nation’s last state flag with the Confederate battle emblem.
In the suit filed Monday, attorney Carlos Moore of Grenada, Mississippi, said the flag is “state-sanctioned hate speech” that makes him and other African-Americans fear for their lives. He is asking a judge to remove the flag and declare it unconstitutional.
Republican Bryant, who recently issued a proclamation naming April as Confederate Heritage Month, has said voters should decide whether to keep the flag used since 1894.
“This is a frivolous attempt to use the federal court system to usurp the will of the people,” Bryant spokesman Clay Chandler said Monday. “The governor hopes Attorney General Jim Hood will seek attorneys’ fees to reimburse taxpayers the cost of defending against this needless drain on state resources.”
The lawsuit was filed less than a week after Mississippi legislators killed several bills that would have either removed the Confederate emblem from the flag or withheld state money from schools and local governments that refuse to fly the current banner.