Mississippi Republican Calls For Removing Confederate Flag From State Flag

Since 2001, the state flag of Mississippi has prominently featured a small Confederate flag. And now the Republican Mississippi House Speaker wants that to change.

Ever since white supremacist and Confederate sympathizer Dylann Roof murdered nine African-American churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, calls for the state to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds in Columbia, South Carolina have only gotten louder.

On Monday morning, Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee became the most powerful conservative to call for the flag to be removed after several 2016 GOP presidential wannabes balked at the opportunity to take a stand against the hateful racist symbol.

“I see no reason for it to continue, I would certainly vote against flying the flag and my sense is that’s what they are going to do. It serves no purpose anymore, especially after what has occurred. I was born in South Carolina. I lived in South Carolina the first eleven years of my life. I love South Carolina, but I think in light of what’s happened, there’s no question in my perspective over what ought to happen.”

Later that day, however, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham both called for the flag to be taken down.

“My hope is that by removing a symbol that divides us, we can move forward in harmony and honor the nine blessed souls that are now in heaven,” Haley said at a press conference.

Backlash against the Confederate flag has been so intense that even Walmart is pulling all merchandise that features the stars and bars off the shelves.

And now the backlash has reached Mississippi, where the top Republican in the Mississippi statehouse wants his own state to remove the Confederate flag from the state flag.

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn became the first sitting Republican in his state to call for the removal of the Confederate flag since the mass shooting in South Carolina.

The Mississippi state flag features a mini Confederate flag that Gunn says needs to be removed so that a flag of hate and racism doesn’t define Mississippians.

“We must always remember our past, but that does not mean we must let it define us,” Gunn said. “As a Christian, I believe our state’s flag has become a point of offense that needs to be removed. We need to begin having conversations about changing Mississippi’s flag.”

In addition, an online petition has been started calling for the Confederate flag to be removed from Mississippi’s state flag.

It’s truly wonderful that Republicans are beginning to admit that the Confederate flag represents hate and racism and needs to be taken down. It’s just disappointing that it took the killing of nine innocent people in a church to make them finally change their minds.

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