GOP-dominated Mississippi body votes for new state flag: ‘We’re not destroying our heritage’

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The 126-year-old flag of Mississippi faces certain impending doom thanks to a measure passed Saturday by the GOP-dominated Mississippi legislature.

The measure began in the Mississippi House, where all 44 Democrats and 40 out of 75 Republicans voted to grant the Mississippi Legislature the authority to suspend current legislative rules so they may then scrap the flag and replace it.

The vote reportedly happened a few short hours after Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, posted a message to social media Saturday morning urging the legislature to overcome a then-ongoing deadlock and begin the process of removing the flag.

He further vowed to sign a flag-removal bill the moment it hits his desk.

Look:

After making it through the House, the bill then cruised through the Mississippi Senate Rules Committee and eventually received a 36-14 vote in the Mississippi Senate.

“Lawmakers in both the House and Senate are now expected to pass a bill that removes the current flag and establishes a path forward to getting a new one,” The Clarion-Ledger reported.

Why all this hubbub over the flag? Because it contains the Confederate battle flag in its left corner, as seen below. And because of the ongoing Black Lives Matter-influenced, Maoist-like cultural revolution sweeping America, this is apparently unacceptable:

“By changing our flag, we don’t abandon our founding principles — we embrace them more fully by doing what is right” Mississippi House Speaker Pro Tempore Jason White, a Republican, reportedly said in a statement ahead of Saturday’s vote.

“We’re not moving further away from our Founding Fathers’ visions. We’re moving closer to them. We’re not destroying our heritage; we’re fulfilling it.”

“Change is hard,” Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn, also a Republican, reportedly added. “People are going to resist initially, but I think over time it’s going to be proven that this was the right decision. We’re poised to reach our full potential now.”

Mississippi Democrats such as Rep. Jeramey Anderson eagerly agreed.

But not everybody was pleased with what happened.

Some expressed anger specifically at Tate, a man whom Donald Trump Jr. had vowed last year “will fight for the MAGA agenda” (an agenda that calls in part for respecting and paying tribute to American history) for reneging on past promises.

“Reeves had long opposed the idea of changing the state symbol, which bears the Confederate battle flag at the top left corner, unless it was voted on by Mississippians. In 2001, voters in the state had just that chance, but they ultimately voted to keep the flag as it was designed,” NPR notes.

Yet all of a sudden he’s adopted the opposite stance. Some feel it’s “unfair,” given as they’d voted for him in part because of his stance on the flag.

Look:

Rep. Chris Brown, a Republican, appears to agree.

“I don’t think we can move forward together if we say, ‘You can have any flag you want except … this one,'” he reportedly said in a statement. “If we put the current flag on the ballot with another good design, the people of Mississippi will change it. … Let’s not steal their joy.”

Vivek Saxena

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V. Saxena is a staff writer for BizPac Review with a decade of experience as a professional writer, and a lifetime of experience as an avid news junkie. He holds a degree in computer technology from Purdue University.
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