But at least two state politicians have had the courage to stand up for Mississippi’s rich heritage and history – Sen. McDaniel and former Sen. Melanie Sojourner. Both have publicly called out Wicker’s hypocritical, vote-grabbing position.
And for their courageous stance in the face of such wild emotionalism, McDaniel and Sojourner have faced some criticism. In a recent column in the Clarion Ledger, Rev. William H. Smith, who is a native of Florida and currently resides in Virginia, defended Wicker’s position and called out both McDaniel and Sojourner. For Smith, the flag and the monuments are different issues so it’s not hypocritical for Senator Wicker to oppose the flag, yet seek to protect monuments.