Another Mississippi University Stops Flying State Flag

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2 KKK Members Charged With Having Guns On Miss. Campus.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Another public university in Mississippi is stopping the display of the state flag on campus because it contains a Confederate battle emblem many see as divisive. OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – Two Ku Klux Klan members face federal weapons charges after police say they had guns in a truck parked at the University of Mississippi. I am looking forward to a time when this debate is resolved and USM raises a state flag that unites us. “Mississippians overwhelmingly voted in 2001 to adopt the current Mississippi state flag. Since 1894, the Mississippi flag has had the Confederate battle symbol in the upper left corner — a blue X dotted with 13 white stars, over a red field. Hrostowski said that university police taking down the flag occurred external of the demonstrators’ influence and hopes the change is permanent. “It’s been months, even years (leading to this event),” Hrostowski said. “It’s always been an underlying current to change things.

Mississippi voters chose to keep the flag in a 2001 election, after a series of public hearings in which people argued over whether the flag represents heritage or hatred. Confederate symbols have come under increased scrutiny since the massacre of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in June. Speaking of universities removing the flag, Bryant said: “It is the people that they need to respect — not what the governor thinks, not what the Legislature thinks.

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