A FORMER MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR SAYS THE STATE FLAG IS MORE THAN A SYMBOL
Former Democratic Governor Ronnie Musgrove was in office in 2001, when the majority of voters decided to keep the flag. He says people get caught up in the emotion of the issue. But Musgrove believes the confederate emblem represents deep-seated institutional racism and it’s hindering Mississippi in job creation, healthcare and education. State democratic lawmakers support changing the flag. Republicans are on both sides of the issue.
“And to simply say we’re going to get caught up in the moment with the symbol, and then not do something to address the problem and the issues that really do face the state, means we’re not really serious about tackling the real problem,” said Musgrove.