Ole Miss removes Mississippi flag with Confederate emblem

26 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ole Miss Removes Mississippi Flag from Campus.

JACKSON, Miss. “The University of Mississippi community came to the realization years ago that the Confederate battle flag did not represent many of our core values, such as civility and respect for others,” Interim Chancellor Morris Stocks said in a statement last June. “Since that time, we have become a stronger and better university.

We join other leaders in our state who are calling for a change in the state flag.” The removal comes less than a week after the university’s student senate voted for the flag’s removal. That is why the university faculty, staff and leadership have united behind this student-led initiative.” The association with the Confederate flag and its controversy is not new. However, the public display of Confederate symbols has been subject to heated debates since the June massacre of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Sports teams are still called the Rebels, but the university several years ago retired the Colonel Rebel mascot — a white-haired old man some thought resembled a plantation owner.

The state’s three historically black universities had stopped flying the flag earlier, and the state’s only black U.S. representative, Democrat Bennie Thompson, does not display the state flag in his offices because of the Confederate symbol.

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