Reeves said at the ceremony that signed the measure on Tuesday night: “For me, this is not a political moment, but a solemn moment that will lead us to a family meeting in Mississippi and move on.” “The flag symbolizes our past, Now and in the future. For these reasons, we need a new symbol.”
Reeves’ signature came two days after Mississippi lawmakers faced a nationwide racial justice movement and passed measures to remove the state’s flag and call for the state’s replacement.
Lawmakers debated this change over the weekend, and those who support it said the flag has become a symbol of hatred. Those who oppose abandoning it say history will be abandoned, demanding a statewide vote. When lawmakers voted to approve the move, applause broke out in the state capitol.
The Speaker of the State House of Representatives, Philip Gunn (R), who has supported this reform for many years, said on MSNBC on Monday: “This is a new day for Mississippi.”
In the bill, the legislator made two requirements for the final replacement of the national flag: it cannot contain the Allied logo, and it must contain the term “God we trust”.
The current predecessor flag of Mississippi (adopted in 1894) used to seem immovable, spared previous efforts to abandon it. In the 2001 statewide referendum, the vast majority of voters chose to keep it.
But the national flag of Mississippi — ten out of ten residents of this state are black — continued to be held high until radicalism surged after the police killed George Freud in Minneapolis.
The protests have evolved from attacks on police tactics to a broader campaign against racial injustice, and have begun to produce changes in unexpected areas. NASCAR announced that it would ban the display of the Allied flags, while some demonstrators in cities across the country overthrew or damaged Allied memorials and other monuments, including those commemorating Christopher Columbus.
Opponents of the Mississippi flag also began re-speaking, calling for its removal because of the massive momentum of the parade, including college sports powers, religious leaders, historical groups and celebrities.
The Mississippi Historical Society said that the league image is related to “terrorism and violence that accompany the recent racial injustice in our country.” Music superstar Faith Hill (Mississippi native) Call flag “This is a direct sign of the terrorist acts of our black siblings,” and the Mississippi Baptist Convention requires a flag to be hung, “promoting unity rather than division.”
Mississippi young democrat, activist, chairman, and 22-year-old Jarrius Adams said: “For someone like me, this represents time that is not tolerant.” “Become African Americans do not feel good about representing our country.”
The university movement aimed at the national flag. The NCAA stated that it would not allow any championship games to be held in states where the Confederate flag is “important.” The association acknowledged that this policy only affected Mississippi.
The Southeastern Conference, where both the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University participated, also said it would not allow any conference championships to be held in the state. The heads of both schools are saying that they support changing the national flag.
After the legislature voted to cancel the logo, both the NCAA and the SEC expressed appreciation for the decision, saying that the decision would allow the state to host the championship again.
Opponents who changed the national flag condemned the move and said they believed the decision should be made by the residents themselves. The Mississippi Division of the Confederate veterans issued a statement telling lawmakers not to proceed with “certain legislative orders, rather than letting us decide what our flag is.”
State Senator Chris McDaniel (R), who opposes changing the national flag, said that the legislature’s actions were issued in the “criminal context of political correctness,” and the statement was posted on Facebook.
He said in an email: “People in this state are very frustrated.” “They should be very frustrated. Not necessarily because the flag has dropped, but because [of] The way the flag falls. It fell in a completely wrong way, method and time. “
Charles Ross, a history professor at the University of Mississippi, said that the decision should be decided by the voters and runs counter to the initial setting of the national flag.
Ross said: “In 1894, citizens of Mississippi had no choice.” “When African Americans are not even allowed to participate in the political process, the legislature will raise this flag at will to represent and become the representative image of the entire state.” . They made a unilateral decision in 1894, and they have a responsibility to make a decision again in 2020.”
The bill passed by lawmakers said that within 15 days from the date of entry into force, the current former state flag must be “removed quickly, with dignity and respect”.
The measure is not to establish a new flag to replace it immediately, but to establish a committee whose task is to propose a new design to Mississippi residents to consider later this year.
The bill requires a committee composed of nine people appointed by the governor, deputy governor and speaker of the House of Representatives to create this new national flag design by mid-September and then to vote in November. If the voters support the national flag, it will be passed by the MPs. If the voters object, the committee must propose a new design proposal and conduct statewide voting again.
The activist Adams, who protested the flag, said that although previous efforts to change the flag had failed, the “star arrangement” made it finally happen at the current moment. He said that although change is welcome, it is not the end of the state’s drive to change.
Adams said: “I don’t give people a pat, because normally you don’t get a trophy.” “In Mississippi, it does show a change of era… but there is still a lot of work to be done.”