Moss Point native files federal lawsuit against governor over Mississippi flag

A Moss Point native has filed a federal lawsuit against Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant seeking to eliminate the nation’s last state flag with the Confederate battle emblem.

In the suit filed Monday, attorney Carlos Moore of Grenada — a 1995 graduate of Moss Point High School — said the flag is “state-sanctioned hate speech” that makes him and other African-Americans fear for their lives. He is asking a judge to remove the flag and declare it unconstitutional.

Republican Bryant, who recently issued a proclamation naming April as Confederate Heritage Month, has said voters should decide whether to keep the flag used since 1894.