Bill Minor: Both 1890 Constitution and flag should go

Gil Carmichael is an 88-year-old Meridian businessman and conservationist. A former GOP gubernatorial candidate, he is now one of a disappearing band of Republican progressives.

He says it’s time for the embattled Confederate-image state flag to go. But along with it, he insists the unloved 1890 horse and buggy state constitution must go. Aside from the constitution’s notorious suppression of black voters, Carmichael contends the ancient document has kept Mississippi stuck in last place.

Carmichael ran for lieutenant governor in 1984 on a platform calling for a new state constitution. He even created a statewide nonpartisan, biracial committee to study the question of a new constitution. It proposed a constitutional convention.