Mississippi officially began the process of removing the Confederation symbol from the state flag on Saturday.
The state house and the Senate voted a bill to suspend legislative dates and change the flag based on intense criticism and weekly pressure during protests against racial injustices.
Observers at the Mississippi Capitol applauded as the protests took place and applauded with a bill as soon as it started on Sunday.
“Today, you – Mississippi – you have an appointment with fate,” You Briggs Hopson reported.
Meanwhile, Republican Republican Jason White said, “The eyes of the state, the nation and the world really are in this house.” Said.
Demonstrators flooded the streets of American cities to protest the killing of George Floyd’s Minneapolis police over the past month.
Mississippi is the last to include the Confederate emblem – a red area crossed with a blue X dotted with 13 white stars – on its flag.
The flag has been controversial for decades among its residents, but after recent demonstrations, the Republican Government Tate Reeves said on Saturday that the Republican-controlled Legislative Assembly will sign legislation to replace the flag if it passes a bill.
“The debate over the 1894 flag became as divisive as the flag itself, and it’s time to end,” Reeves said.
The governor had previously taken a less robust attitude about the issue, but said he would not veto a bill if it came before him.
A bill would remove the current Mississippi flag from state law. A commission would then be tasked with designing a new flag without the Confederate battle emblem, but should have the phrase “We Trust in God.”
The new design would be put on the November 3 ballot paper and would be the official state flag when the majority of voters approved the design.
If the majority votes against the new flag, the commission returns to the drawing board to design a new emblem based on the same criteria.
“I know there are many good people who believe this flag is a symbol of our Southern pride and heritage,” said the Republican speaker of the house, White.
“But they see this flag for most people in our nation and around the world, and they think it means hate and persecution.”
Democratic lawmakers celebrate a day they have never seen one day.
“I would never have thought I would see the flag go down all my life,” Democrat Senator Barbara Blackmon said.
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