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On June 28th, the Mississippi Legislature passed the bill to abolish the Mississippi State flag; the Mississippi flag was the last of the United States to have a Confederate symbol still. There have been countless discussions on changing the flag, which is the first time a bill has passed it. Amid the racial injustice protests across the nation, Mississippi has been under fire for not changing the flag, there have been many protests and claims to change the flag. Governer Tate Reeves tweeted about this situation, saying, “The legislature has been deadlocked for days as it considers a new state flag. The argument over the 1894 flag has become as divisive as the flag itself and it’s time to end it. If they send me a bill this weekend, I will sign it. We should not be under any illusion that a vote in the Capitol is the end of what must be done—the job before us is to bring the state together and I intend to work night and day to do it. It will be harder than recovering from tornadoes, harder than historic floods, harder than agency corruption, or prison riots or the coming hurricane season—even harder than battling the Coronavirus. For economic prosperity and for a better future for my kids and yours, we must find a way to come together. To heal our wounds, to forgive, to resolve that the page has been turned, to trust each other. With God’s help, we can. No matter where you are…I love you, Mississippi.” Governer Reeves says how the decision to change the flag has caused more division within Mississippians than the flag itself. Mississippi is beginning to change and try to move into a more united and inclusive state, and this is the beginning of a new chapter in history. What are your opinions on the changing of the flag?
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