The Confederate symbol on the Mississippi flag joined history books on Tuesday with the governor’s signing of a law removing this reminder of the state standard of slavery.
With its emblem – red background, blue cross diagonally with small white stars – which represented the Southern States, opposed to the abolition of slavery, during the American Civil War (1861-1865) Mississippi was the only one State to still carry the southern symbol on its flag. Georgia, with a long segregationist past, abandoned this symbol in 2003.
“This is not a political gesture, it is a solemn opportunity to come together as a Mississippi family, to reconcile and move forward,” said Governor Tate Reeves, before signing this law.
Perceived by many as racist, the flag is part, like the statues of the Confederate generals or slavery leaders, of the emblems questioned in the framework of the great anti-racist demonstrations which have been shaking America for a month.
Mississippi citizens, nearly 40% of whom are African-Americans, will have to vote on the new flag in November. If they reject it, the state will not have a flag until a new design has been approved.
01/07/2020 01:08:14 –
Washington (AFP) –
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