Mississippi Moves Forward With Changing 126-Year-Old State Flag
Mississippi is moving ever closer to satisfying the woke legions by changing its state flag from the design that has been flying over the state capitol since 1894. Because the Confederate battle emblem makes up a portion of the flag’s design, activists have determined that it is no longer appropriate. This weekend, the Mississippi state legislature took a big step toward changing the flag with a two-thirds vote that will suspend traditional rules and allow a full vote on the flag itself.
Gov. Tate Reeves (R) said Saturday that if the legislature approves a bill to change the flag, he’ll put his signature to it.
“The argument over the 1894 flag has become as divisive as the flag itself and it’s time to end it,” Reeves tweeted. “If they send me a bill this weekend, I will sign it. For economic prosperity and for a better future for my kids and yours, we must find a way to come together. To heal our wounds, to forgive, to resolve that the page has been turned, to trust each other. With God’s help, we can.”
Not everyone agrees with the rush towards change. State Rep. Chris Brown (R) said that the proposal should be put to the voters – much as it was in 2001, when Mississippi voters opted to keep the current design.
“I don’t think we can move forward together if we say, ‘You can have any flag you want except this one,'” Brown said. “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.”
But of course that’s not a solution, because what if the impossibly racist citizens of Mississippi actually vote to keep the treacherous flag!? Imagine what the esteemed elite liberals in Sacramento would think if that happened! Imagine all the additional harm to black people would be done by this flag that no one really thinks about or pays attention to unless there’s someone stirring up a phony controversy. Truly tragic, the implications.
“The eyes of the state, the nation and indeed the world are on this House,” said state Rep. Jason White on Saturday. “I know there are many good people who believe that this flag is a symbol of our Southern pride and heritage, but for most people throughout our nation and the world, they see that flag and think that it stands for hatred and oppression.”
Well, we’re not sure whether “most people” is a defensible claim, but maybe he’s right. And hey, maybe it’s time to change the flag and move on. There’s just something so unseemly about making all of these decisions on the spur of the moment just because Black Lives Matter and their leftist allies demand it be done. Today, it’s the Mississippi state flag, Aunt Jemima, and “Cops.” What will it be tomorrow?
And does any of this actually accomplish anything of worth?