Mississippi Association of Community Colleges supports changing state flag
JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - The Mississippi Association of Community Colleges has unanimously voted to support changing the current state flag.
The group is composed of the state’s 15 community college presidents.
“We believe the flag of Mississippi should be one that unites all of us towards a prosperous future. We believe now is the time for change to occur,” said the organization.
The Mississippi Bankers Association Tuesday said it has a long-standing position that the state flag should be changed, having supported the move in 2001 when voters cast ballots on the issue, ultimately voting to keep the flag as is.
“We believe that the state flag should be a symbol that represents the whole state, and the current flag is offensive to many Mississippi citizens,” said the bankers association. “It not only serves as a painful reminder of our state’s past but it also perpetuates negative stereotypes about our state. We believe it is time to make a deliberate choice as a state to move forward.”
Earlier, the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus and Mississippi Baptist Convention also called for the state flag, which has a Confederate emblem in the upper left corner, to be changed.
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