June 28, lawmakers of the U.S. state of Mississippi will consider a bill to replace the flag of this territory; on June 27 the house of representatives and the state Senate the necessary two-thirds vote adopted a bill on the extraordinary consideration of the question, reports the Associated Press.
In the upper left corner of the flag is a blue cross with 13 stars on a red background. This is a reference to the symbolism of the Confederate States of America, which Mississippi was part of the years 1861-1863. Part of the society in the state, 38% of the population is black, sees the flag as racist, the Agency said.
The flag was adopted in 1894 when the legislature was dominated by supporters of the idea of white supremacy.
Governor Tate Reeves (Republican party) wrote on Twitter that if the law on the abolition of the flag is adopted, he will sign it immediately. “The dispute on the flag of 1894 divides society as well as the flag itself, it is time to end this. If I send a bill in the weekend, I will sign it”, – said in a tweet.
The legislature has been deadlocked for days as it considers a new state flag. The argument over the 1894 flag has become as divisive as the flag itself and it’s time to end it.
If they send me a bill this weekend, I will sign it. pic.twitter.com/bf3vyzuObt
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) June 27, 2020