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Mississippi votes to remove Confederate symbol from state flag

Mississippi votes to remove Confederate symbol from state flag

In a state that for decades had epitomized racial inequality, Mississippi legislators voted overwhelmingly to scrap the state flag which displayed the confederate flag. Raucous applause” surrounded the room after the Mississippi House voted to remove the Confederate emblem from the state flag. Observers had been predicting a close vote, but the decision to scrap the symbol passed by a margin of 85-34.

The tally board showing the overwhelming vote by Mississippi legislators to remove the Confederate symbol from the state flag

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said today for the first time, that he would sign a bill to change the flag if the Legislature passes one. He had previously said that he would not veto one — a more passive stance. “The legislature has been deadlocked for days as it considers a new state flag,” Reeves said on social media. “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.”

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