Entertainment The Confederate emblem removed from the Mississippi flag

04:50  01 july  2020
04:50  01 july  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

Mississippi will remove an emblem of Confederation from its flag

 Mississippi will remove an emblem of Confederation from its flag USA-EVENTS-MISSISSIPPI: Mississippi will remove an emblem of Confederation from its flag © Reuters / STRINGER THE MISSISSIPPI WILL REMOVE ITS EMBLEM FROM CONFEDERATION (Reuters) - Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves enacted legislation Tuesday to replace the current state flag, which features an emblem of Confederation, prompted by protests last month in across the United States to request the removal of symbols of slavery.

Gov. Tate Reeves said he will sign a bill “in the coming days” after the state’s House and Senate voted in favor of striking the Confederate flag emblem from the state’s flag .

The Mississippi state flag was pulled down from the State Capitol building shortly after lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the flag amid a reinvigorated anti-racism push. “Today, the future has taken root in the present.

  L'emblème confédéré retiré du drapeau du Mississippi © Supplied by Le Point

The Confederate symbol on the Mississippi flag joined the history books on Tuesday with the governor's signature of a law removing this reminder of the period of enslavement of the standard of the State.

With its emblem - red background, blue cross diagonally with small white stars - which represented the Southern States, opposed to the abolition of slavery, during the American Civil War (1861-1865) Mississippi was the only state to still carry the southern symbol on its flag. Georgia , with a long segregationist past, had abandoned this symbol in 2003.

"This is not a political gesture, it is a solemn occasion to reunite as a family from Mississippi, to be reconciled and to move forward, "said Governor Tate Reeves, before signing the law.

Perceived by many as racist, the flag is part, like the statues of the Confederate generals or slavery leaders, of the emblems called into question within the framework of the great anti-racist demonstrations which shake America for a month.

Mississippi citizens, nearly 40% of whom are African Americans, will have to vote on the new flag in November. If they reject it, the state will not have a flag until a new design has been approved.

07/01/2020 01:08:14 - Washington ( AFP ) - © 2020 AFP

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