By the final vote in the Senate on Sunday, the news reverberated across the state.
Cheers echoed in the halls of the Mississippi State Capitol shortly after the final votes were cast, and many Mississippians who visited the building to witness the moment openly wept. Many described the day in historic terms, invoking the Founding Fathers, their own family histories and future generations in explaining their votes. "For 126 years, Mississippi had a symbol that promoted white supremacy and openly oppressed Black Mississippians, who make up almost 40% of the population".
Under the legislation, the new design - without the Confederate symbol - would be put on the ballot November 3, but it would be the only choice.
Republican Sen. Chris McDaniel, who also pushed for a statewide vote, said: "You have to let the people have their say sometimes if for no other reason than to diffuse their anger". He said he did not want to take the right of the people to vote on the flag. "What a attractive moment of unity". "So I am hopeful that it will change, bring forth a symbol that's more unified and represent the diversity of MS". "They don't feel like they have a voice in a really interesting time in our country's history". A commission would design a new flag that can not include the Confederate battle emblem but must include the phrase "In God We Trust".
The flag of the state of Mississippi flies in front of the Mississippi State Capitol dome on January 10, 2019.
The Mississippi House of Representatives on Saturday voted to move ahead with a process that could result in the removal of a Confederate emblem from the state flag, according to media reports, and the governor vowed to approve a bill.
Former Ole Miss basketball player Blake Hinson told his hometown Daytona Beach (Florida) News-Journal that the MS flag played a part in his decision to transfer to Iowa State. "If they send me a bill this weekend, I will sign it", Reeves wrote on Facebook. I am also grateful for Governor Reeves' openness to sign a bill to change the flag.
The bill would then go to Governor Tate Reeves' desk.
Winter said yesterday that removing the Confederate symbol from the banner is "long overdue". "They're just angry. They want to be heard".
The Mississippi Legislature approved a bill that would change the state flag. The proposal failed, as 64 percent voted against a redesign. He has been clear in support of a change of the flag. In the weeks since the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, protesters across the country have demanded systemic changes in policing while seeking to remove symbols of oppression.