The coaches, along with Ole Miss athletic director Keith Carter and Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen, are expected to lobby the legislature about changing the Mississippi state flag to remove the emblem of the Confederate battle flag.
In the ongoing global ant-racism demonstrations, protesters have demanded that authorities take down monuments, emblems and statues honoring pro-slavery Confederate figures and the architects of Europe's colonies. The addition of the motto "In God We Trust", from our State seal is the ideal way to demonstrate who we are to all.
In 2016, MEC unveiled a Mississippi Bicentennial flag that some are now talking about now as either a temporary or permanent choice should the Legislature vote to bring the current flag down.
In order to suspend the rules, there must be a two-thirds vote in both the house and senate. That's same margin needed to overturn a veto.
Gov. Tate Reeves (R) said any change to the state flag should be approved through a statewide election. "I think it's something that we are charged to do, I'm looking forward to casting my vote for it", said Dist. 41 Representative Kabir Karriem.
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The group's statement came on the heels of a new rule from the NCAA that maintains that states with Confederate emblems on their flags may not be eligible to host NCAA championship games. I could travel the world over and not find people who are as kind and generous of spirit as Mississippians. "And I certainly realize some people do", Sojourner said. Well, the Klan used the Stars and Stripes more than it used the battle flag. I had a meeting with our team the other day, and ... "So, where do we draw the line?" And Ally is sitting there, and she just looks at us and she says, Dad, do unto others as you would like for them to do to you.
Mississippi State running back Kylin Hill took a stand of his own on Monday.
Speaking Thursday at the Capitol, McCray-Penson said the Confederate emblem is "a symbol of hatred".
When it comes to the MS state flag, being on the right side of history is a very divisive topic, but one place everyone seems to agree is college athletics.
Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and Attorney General Lynn Fitch issued statements Wednesday. Global protests have focused on the police killings of African Americans George Floyd in Minnesota and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and the killing of another Black man, Ahmaud Arbery, in an encounter with white men while he was out running in a coastal Georgia neighborhood.
"We believe it's the right thing to do and is consistent with Walmart's position to not sell merchandise with the Confederate flag from stores and online sites, as part of our commitment to provide a welcoming and inclusive experience for all of our customers in the communities we serve", Hatfield's statement continued.