In an official proclamation, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared April as Confederate Heritage Month.
And though this was a “routine occurrence” for the state, the proclamation does not appear on the official State of Mississippi website, reported The Jackson Free Press. Instead, Bryant’s proclamation was posted to the website of the Mississippi Sons of Confederate Veterans, a group vehemently opposed to changing the state’s flag.
Bryant’s proclamation came just two weeks before Mississippi legislators killed 19 state flag bills that sought to remove the symbol of the Confederate battle.
The proclamation states that it is “important for all Americans to reflect upon our nation’s past” and “to gain insight from our mistakes and successes,” reported the Free Press. It further said we must “earnestly strive to understand and appreciate our heritage and our opportunities which lie before us.”
Confederate symbols have come under fire recently, but Bryant refused to take a position on changing the flag, which he said is up to voters.
“Like his predecessors — both Republican and Democrat — who issued similar proclamations, Gov. Bryant believes Mississippi’s history deserves study and reflection, no matter how unpleasant or complicated parts of it may be,” said Clay Chandler, a spokesman for Bryant, according to the Free Press.
“Like the proclamation says, gaining insight from our mistakes and successes will help us move forward,” he said.
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