There have been ongoing debates over the Confederate flag as critics argue that the flag is a symbol of hate and a reminder of the South’s ties to slavery. This week, the Mississippi state legislature passed a historic vote to remove the Confederate symbol from its state flag. The state is the only one to still feature the image on its flag.
Many have called the vote a huge victory toward removing symbols of the Confederacy from around the country, expressing their support for the bill on social media.
I thank my colleagues, constituents and the activists who fought so hard to bring about this historic moment. I thank those who came before us, who with courage and resolve nurtured the Civil Rights Movement that helped bring us to this day. What a beautiful moment of unity.
— Rep. Jeramey Anderson (@jerameyanderson) June 28, 2020
Despite many who are celebrating the victory of the historic vote, others are against the decision. Bertram Hayes-Davis, the great-great-grandson of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States from 1861 to 1865 voiced his frustration on a recent news segment in support of the change.
“It is historic and heritage-related, there are a lot of people who look at it that way, and God bless them for that heritage,” Davis told CNN’s Ana Cabrera on Newsroom” Saturday. “So put it in a museum and honor it there or put it in your house, but the flag of Mississippi should represent the entire population, and I am thrilled that we’re finally going to make that change.”
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