Mississippi’s State Flag May Be The Next To Fall In South’s Confederate Sweep
“The recent debate on the symbolism of our flag, which belongs to all of us, presents the people of our state an opportunity to consider a new banner that represents Mississippi,” Sen. Thad Cochran (R) said a few hours later.
Following Gunn’s lead, other lawmakers such as U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D), state Rep. Brad Mayo, (R) and state Sen. David Blount (D) climbed on board, applauding the House speaker’s initial rallying cry.
Particularly adamant was state Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones (D), the chair of the Black Caucus, who told the Clarion-Ledger he would lead a bi-partisan effort to change the flag.
“We’re looking at it very seriously,” Jones said. “We believe the state is more progressive (than it was in 2001). We don’t want to step on the historical aspect of it, but it’s so offensive to so many people. That flag as a representation of the state has no right to be here.”