Mississippi Black Caucus calling for Special Session to change state flag

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 16, 2017

Below is the text of the release from the LBC. Simply, there is no legislation that would do more to improve the image and economy of MS than changing the flag.

Mississippi Republican Rep. Gregg Harper said the person who allegedly used a vehicle to run over counter-protesters should be tried for murder but deferred to state leaders on whether to remove the Confederate flag.

Gov. Phil Bryant again Tuesday assailed the protests, marches and deadly violence by white supremacists this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, but said those events do not change his mind about the MS state flag. "Whatever the state flag is or is not should be decided by MS voters". Hate groups love the flag with its confederate emblem.

But on the Charlottesville demonstrations and violence, the governor said, "Those who practice the extremist ideals of neo-Nazism or white supremacy have no place in Mississippi". We're told the letter was sent to the governor Tuesday.

Black caucus leaders also called on House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves, both republicans, to join them in requesting a special session from the governor.

"My deep and heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims who lost their lives and to those who were injured in Charlottesville", said Rep. Sonya Williams Barnes, chair of the MLBC. In these images, you will recurrently see that square of hatred that inhabits the top left corner of the state flag of Mississippi.

Governor Phil Bryant responded by saying, "My position has not changed. We must be proactive and serve".

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