Both houses of Congress of the U.S. state of Mississippi on June 28 voted to replace the state flag that has the symbol of the Confederation is a blue cross with 13 stars on a red background. It is reported by the Clarion Ledger.
The flag was adopted in 1894 when the legislature was dominated by supporters of the idea of white supremacy. Today, many in the state, 38% of the population – blacks, consider this symbol as a reminder of the days of slavery.
In the house of representatives for the abolition of the flag of the spoke 84, against – 35. Immediately after passing the lower house the bill was sent to the state Senate. 36 senators supported it, 14 voted against it.
Document sent for signature to Governor Tate Reeves, he promised to sign it in the coming days.
The bill provides for the establishment of a special Commission to develop a new banner design. Extended condition to present the inscription In God We Trust. The selected Commission option will be proposed for approval by statewide referendum on November 3.
In the XIX–XX centuries, the Mississippi has become one of the centers of the struggle for the rights of blacks. Only in 1870, five years after the defeat of the Confederate States of America in the Civil war, this state was reintegrated into the United States. A constitutional amendment, which in 1865 had abolished slavery in the country, Mississippi only ratified in 2013.
More than a month in the US continues demonstrations related to the deaths of African-American George Floyd during police detention in Minneapolis. One of the police officers almost 10 minutes, I crushed his neck with his knee to the ground. According to the examination, Floyd died of strangulation.
The demonstrators piled several monuments to historical figureswho, in their opinion, were involved in slavery and racial discrimination.