Mississippi governor to sign measure retiring state flag late Tuesday

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) signaled on Tuesday that he would sign a bill officially retiring the current flag of the state that includes the flag of the Confederacy sewn into it.

Sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died in Minneapolis police custody at the end of May, protestors nationwide have been calling for an end to public displays of the Confederacy and have even taken action to remove its symbols.

Throughout the country, demonstrators have toppled Confederate statues and monuments as many Americans demand the rooting out of systemic racism.

As a result, Mississippi – the only state in the country that has the Confederate logo on its flag – has received lots of pressure to change its flag.

The state’s flag has born the Confederate symbol since 1894, even though nearly 40 percent of its population is Black. Throughout the years, the flag has been used by the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups because of its Confederate roots.

In 2001, the layout of the flag was put to a statewide vote, but Mississippians voted to keep the flag as is.

After Reeves signs the bill into Tuesday night, the current flag was officially be put out to pasture, the Associated Press reports.

The new flag will not have the Confederate symbol, but must have “In God We Trust,” and a commission will design the new flag to be put up for a vote in November.  

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