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US Mississippi governor to sign bill removing state flag with Confederate emblem

00:30  01 july  2020
00:30  01 july  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Mississippi gov. signs bill removing Confederate emblem from flag

  Mississippi gov. signs bill removing Confederate emblem from flag The flag was the last in the country to display the emblem.Mississippi's legislature voted on Sunday to remove the flag, which was the last in the country to display the battle emblem. The bill passed 91-23 in the House and 37-14 in the Senate.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The governor of the US state of Mississippi Tate Reeves on Saturday expressed his readiness to sign any bill that passes the legislature proposing to remove the Confederate emblem from the state ’s flag .

By Brendan O'Brien

a train on a steel track: FILE PHOTO: The Mississippi state flag, which incorporates the Confederate battle flag, hangs with other state flags in the subway system under the U.S. Capitol in Washington © Reuters/Jonathan Ernst FILE PHOTO: The Mississippi state flag, which incorporates the Confederate battle flag, hangs with other state flags in the subway system under the U.S. Capitol in Washington

(Reuters) - Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is expected on Tuesday to sign a bill into law that would replace the current state flag that includes a Confederate emblem, a gesture triggered by support across the U.S. to dismantle symbols of slavery and racism.

The removal of the flag, a long-simmering source of controversy in one of the breakaway Southern states that fought in the 1860's American Civil War, follows the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed while in police custody in Minnesota.

Mississippi gov. signs bill removing Confederate emblem from flag

  Mississippi gov. signs bill removing Confederate emblem from flag The flag was the last in the country to display the emblem.Mississippi's legislature voted on Sunday to remove the flag, which was the last in the country to display the battle emblem. The bill passed 91-23 in the House and 37-14 in the Senate.

MISSISSIPPI lawmakers voted on Saturday to remove the Confederate symbol from the state flag , as the state 's Republican governor said he'd sign a bill to remove it. The Mississippi state flag , with the Confederate symbol, is seen here flying outside the Capitol in Jackson on ThursdayCredit: AP

Politicians in the US state of Mississippi have passed a resolution to replace the state flag with one without the Confederate emblem . Republican Governor Tate Reeves earlier said he would sign the legislation into law if approved by The Confederate emblem is viewed by many as a racist symbol

His death has sparked nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality, and revived demands for the removal of statues of Confederate leaders, Christopher Columbus and others considered symbols of racism and colonial oppression.

The measure the Mississippi's first-term Republican governor will sign will also create a commission to design a new state flag. Voters will have the opportunity to approve the design in November, according to a statement from Reeves' office.

Reeves is scheduled to make remarks about the "momentous occasion about the importance of unity and moving forward together as a state," the statement said.

The state flag, which prominently features the so-called Confederate battle flag, had flown above the state Capitol building in Jackson for 126 years. It was taken down this weekend after state lawmakers approved the bill, according to local media.

In the 19th century, Southern states, faced with the prospect of having to give up slavery, formed the Confederacy and broke away from the United States, leading to the 1861-1865 Civil War.

Symbols of the failed rebellion were erected throughout the South during the years of racial segregation and violence known as Jim Crow era, and despite years of progress and civil rights for Black Americans, many states resisted removing them.

(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Chicago; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

Why Mississippi voted to change its flag after decades of debate .
“It’s surreal … but at the same time, it’s kind of like, why did it have to take this long?” one young activist in Mississippi said.“It is a symbol of terror in the Black community,” he told NBC News. “It is a symbol of oppression in the Black community and it is a symbol of slavery. Everything that has been devastating to African Americans and to especially African Americans in the South, everything that has been a complete and utter disaster for us, that flag represents.

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