Why Ole Miss will no longer fly the Mississippi state flag

26 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ole Miss Rebels Remove Flag With Confederate Emblem.

The University of Mississippi removed the state flag on its main campus on Monday morning because the banner design includes the Confederate battle emblem, which has come under fire in recent months for symbolizing slavery and segregation. The Mississippi flag was taken down from the state’s public university Monday morning, after student leaders, faculty and staff called for its removal because of its prominent Confederate emblem. “As Mississippi’s flagship university, we have a deep love and respect for our state,” University of Mississippi’s interim chancellor Morris Stocks said in a statement. “Because the flag remains Mississippi’s official banner, this was a hard decision. “I understand the flag represents tradition and honor to some.

A student-led resolution had been calling for the removal of the flag, and the removal finally came days after the student senate, the faculty senate, and other groups adopted the resolution. The state’s flagship university, nicknamed “Ole Miss,” lowered the flag during a morning ceremony and planned to relocate it to the university’s archives, according to the school’s website. That is why the university faculty, staff and leadership have united behind this student-led initiative.” Ole Miss police officers lowered it as the campus opened, and folded it for storage in the archives along with the written resolutions from campus groups. The flag carried by the South’s pro-slavery Confederacy during the 1861-1865 Civil War emerged as a national flashpoint after the massacre of nine black people at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, in June.

But to others, the flag means that some members of the Ole Miss family are not welcomed or valued.” The flag became a lightning rod for controversy in June when a white gunman massacred nine black worshippers during bible study in Charleston, S.C. It’s the same area where deadly white riots broke out in 1962, when James Meredith was enrolled as the first black student at Ole Miss, under a federal court order and with protection from a phalanx of U.S. marshals. In recent years, the university has been distancing itself from the Confederate symbols that for some represent Southern heritage but for others evoke slave ownership and racism. Today’s students forced this issue at the height of Mississippi’s campaign season, as the governor and most state lawmakers seek re-election on Nov. 3, and many of these politicians have been loath to stake their own positions.

Writing for The Christian Science Monitor a week after the Charleston massacre, Patrik Jonsson said that the Confederate legacy, once “set in stone” in the South, is now “up for debate like never before.” “Almost overnight, Americans are deeply questioning the role and permanence of state-sanctioned symbols of a past regime founded on white supremacy in a present multiethnic and pluralistic society,” writes Mr. At a rally in support of the flag’s removal earlier this month, Ole Miss students were confronted by people angry that the state’s history might be whitewashed, and by KKK members. “Mississippi and its people are known far and wide for hospitality and a warm and welcoming culture. Despite a recent push to retire the flag, The Associated Press reports that some lawmakers have skirted away from staking out positions in the run-up to Nov. 3 elections.

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.

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