BLOG: Thompson praises Gunn on flag stance

Second District U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Bolton, applauded House Speaker Philip Gunn’s call to change the Mississippi state flag.

“I am pleased that South Carolina elected officials including my good friend Jim Clyburn stood together against the hate and backwards thinking represented by the confederate battle flag and made the first step to remove this controversial relic of history from their state capitol,” Thompson said in a statement.

“It is time for Mississippi leaders to do the same. I was heartened by the words of Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn who stepped out against what had become conventional wisdom in his party and recognized the offensive nature of the confederate battle flag and urged that it be removed. I support his efforts and urge other Mississippi legislators and elected officials to follow his lead.