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US Richmond removing Confederate statues, Mississippi retires state flag

02:08  02 july  2020
02:08  02 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

As Symbols of the Confederacy Fall, Activists Say Mississippi’s Flag Should Be Next

  As Symbols of the Confederacy Fall, Activists Say Mississippi’s Flag Should Be Next As Confederate monuments and symbols are being furiously toppled yet again, the debate over the Mississippi flag has been reinvigorated. “This is the time we’re going to get this done,” said one Mississippi religious leader.  The chancellor then said the state’s emblem, the nation’s only state flag featuring the Confederate battle flag, failed to align with “our core values, such as civility and respect for others.” All eight of Mississippi’s public universities also stopped flying the flag, joined by cities across the state, including Grenada, Magnolia, Starkville, Clarksdale and Yazoo City. Jackson, the state capital, also decided not to fly it on city property.

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday signed the historic bill that retires 126-year-old state flag , immediately removing official status for the banner that has been a source of division for generations. 8 States Keep Confederate Statues On Display In U.S. Capitol.

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday signed the historic bill that retires 126-year-old state flag , immediately removing official status for the banner that has been a source of division for generations. UP NEXT. NOW PLAYING: story. Mississippi gov. retires confederate -themed flag .

A campaign in the United States to remove symbols of the pro-slavery Civil War South gained momentum on Wednesday as workers began taking down statues in the Virginia city that was the Confederate capital and Mississippi retired the state flag.

a horse statue in front of a building: A statue of Confederate General Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson is being removed in Richmond, Virginia © CHIP SOMODEVILLA A statue of Confederate General Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson is being removed in Richmond, Virginia a group of people standing in front of a crowd: The statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee has become a gathering spot for protesters for racial justice in Richmond, Virginia © Eze Amos The statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee has become a gathering spot for protesters for racial justice in Richmond, Virginia

Workers in Richmond, Virginia, removed a statue of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a Confederate general, after the city's mayor ordered the "immediate removal" of Confederate monuments.

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  When the Toppled Statue Is of Your Great-Great-Great-Grandfather Clayton Wickham, 28, said he used to think of the statue of his great-great-great-grandfather as “just a statue that had my name on it that was kind of cool to walk by every now and then.” But as Mr. Wickham learned more about his ancestor, the statue became a source of discomfort, and then of shame. And so when protesters in Richmond, Va., recently tore down the bronze statue of Williams Carter Wickham, a Confederate general and plantation owner, Mr. Wickham was glad to see it fall.Not all the Wickhams were happy. But, like for Robert E. Lee IV, a great-great-great-great-nephew of the Confederate general, and Frank Rizzo Jr.

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves on Tuesday signed a bill that will remove the state flag that featured the Confederate battle emblem. A new design will be chosen later. The bill's passage comes after weeks of renewed backlash toward the flag , which many have decried as a symbol of racism

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday signed the historic bill that retires 126-year-old state flag , immediately removing official status for the banner that has been a source of division for generations. UP NEXT. NOW PLAYING: other. Mississippi gov. retires confederate -themed flag .

In Jackson, Mississippi, the state flag was permanently lowered from the state's capitol and taken to a nearby museum. The Mississippi state flag was the last US state banner featuring a Confederate emblem.

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said he was using his emergency powers to remove Confederate monuments in order to "expedite the healing process for the city."

"It is past time," Stoney said. "As the capital city of Virginia we have needed to turn this page for decades."

The mayor said that as the Southern capital during the 1861-65 Civil War, Richmond has been "burdened with that legacy."

Confederate flag losing prominence 155 years after Civil War

  Confederate flag losing prominence 155 years after Civil War Long a symbol of pride to some and hatred to others, the Confederate battle flag is losing its place of official prominence 155 years after rebellious Southern states lost a war to perpetuate slavery. Mississippi's Republican-controlled Legislature voted Sunday to remove the Civil War emblem from the state flag, a move that was both years in the making and notable for its swiftness amid a national debate over racial inequality following the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. Mississippi's was the last state flag to include the design.

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday signed the historic bill that retires 126-year-old state flag , immediately removing official status for the banner that has been a source of division for generations. UP NEXT. NOW PLAYING: Other. Mississippi gov. retires confederate -themed flag .

The statue of the Confederate Civil War general is slated for removal at the order of Gov. The statue was placed on a trailer after its removal . Castleman was a Confederate officer. The city of Mobile removed the Confederate statue early Friday, without making any public announcements.

"The great weight of that burden has fallen on our residents of color," Stoney added. "These statues, although symbolic, have cast a shadow on the dreams of our children of color.

a large building with a blue umbrella: The state flag was permanently lowered from the Mississippi State Capitol building in Jackson, Mississippi, to make way for a new emblem © Rory Doyle The state flag was permanently lowered from the Mississippi State Capitol building in Jackson, Mississippi, to make way for a new emblem

"By removing them we can begin to heal and focus our attention on our future."

Stoney called the move a "down payment" rather than a "solution" to racial injustice in the city and across America.

He said the statues also presented a threat to public safety because protesters have been attempting to take them down during the coronavirus pandemic.

a crowd of people walking down a street: The statue of former Confederate commander Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, has become a focal point of protests for racial justice © Ryan M. Kelly The statue of former Confederate commander Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, has become a focal point of protests for racial justice

- 'Come to terms with our past' -

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The flag , the only state banner left in the country with the overt Confederate symbol, served for many as an inescapable Many lawmakers said removing the flag had an air of inevitability, as Mississippi increasingly looked like a conspicuous holdout as activists pushed to minimize and contextualize the

The statue of the Confederate Civil War general is slated for removal at the order of Gov. The statue was placed on a trailer after its removal . Castleman was a Confederate officer. The city of Mobile removed the Confederate statue early Friday, without making any public announcements.

Work crews could be seen in televised footage removing the statue on Monument Avenue of Jackson, a Virginian who died in May 1863.

A crowd of several hundred people erupted in cheers as the statue of Jackson mounted on a horse was removed from its stone pedestal by a crane.

A nearby statue of Confederate commander Robert E. Lee has become a focal point for protests and has been covered in slogans such as "Black Lives Matter."

Many Confederate monuments have come under attack, and some have been pulled down, in the past month as protesters against police abuse of African Americans target symbols of the country's legacy of slavery.

President Donald Trump has opposed their removal and the Department of Homeland Security announced a special new task force on Wednesday to protect historic monuments across the country.

In Mississippi, an honor guard lowered three state flags that were on the capitol property, folded them and presented them to state officials.

They were then taken in a motorcade to a nearby museum where the 126-year-old standard will be relegated to history.

'Medgar's wings must be clapping': With Mississippi flag vote, Myrlie Evers hopes America can come together

  'Medgar's wings must be clapping': With Mississippi flag vote, Myrlie Evers hopes America can come together Myrlie Evers, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, said she wept as Mississippi lawmakers voted to remove the Confederate flag emblem.“I can’t believe it. I am so emotional,” the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers said. “Medgar’s wings must be clapping.

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday signed a bill that takes a historic step to retire the last US state flag to feature the Confederate battle flag .

Mississippi flag comes down after vote to remove Confederate emblem – video. Mississippi lawmakers have faced increasing pressure to change the On Sunday a coalition of legislators passed a bill removing the state ’s flag , and calling for a commission to design a new one, which voters will

The move came one day after Governor Tate Reeves signed a bill ordering the flag's removal.

"Today we come to terms with our past, and we look to our future," said Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn, who was instrumental in the effort to remove the flag.

"We have much to be proud of, and much to reckon with," Gunn said, adding that for some Mississippians, the flag has "been a shadow over their struggle to be free."

Many African Americans believe the flag carries racist connotations, while some white southerners argue it is a symbol of Southern heritage.

A commission has been tasked with selecting a new design for the state flag, which must be emblazoned with the words "In God We Trust."

Mississippians, nearly 40 percent of whom are African American, will vote on the design in November.

Mississippi was the only American state to still incorporate the Confederate standard on its official flag, after nearby Georgia dropped it in 2003.

Efforts to remove Confederate monuments gathered momentum after a white supremacist shot dead nine African Americans at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015 and they picked up again following the May 25 death of George Floyd, an African American man killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

The NASCAR race car franchise last month banned the display of the Confederate flag at its events and four portraits of 19th century lawmakers who served in the Confederacy were removed from the US Capitol.

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Justin Timberlake calls for removal of Confederate monuments .
Justin Timberlake is calling for the removal of Confederate monuments across the country. The singer, who is from Tennessee, posted his comments on Instagram on Monday along with a video on the subject from the American Civil Liberties Union."America was built by men who believed in and benefitted from racism. Plain and simple," Timberlake said in the caption. "those men who proudly owned and abused Black people are STILL celebrated all over the country."Timberlake cited a statistic that there are about 1,848 Confederate statues in the country."More than half are in The South, and it's not acceptable," he said.

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