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Mississippi governor decries state flag removal

Published: Apr. 26, 2019 at 6:28 PM CDT
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6:10 p.m.

The governor of Mississippi says he is disappointed in a decision by his counterpart in New Jersey to remove the southern state's flag from a park overlooking the Statue of Liberty.

Republican Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said in a statement Friday that "I'm disappointed in Gov. Murphy's actions. As I have repeatedly said, the voters of Mississippi should decide what the state flag is or is not."

The Mississippi flag includes the Confederate battle emblem in the upper left corner.

Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered the removal of the flag from a display of state flags at Liberty State Park.

He says the flag "is reprehensible and does not reflect our values of inclusivity and equality."

A proposal to change the flag's design was put to a vote in 2001. Sixty-five percent of voters chose to keep the current flag.

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4:20 p.m.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is ordering that the Mississippi flag be replaced by the American flag at a state park that overlooks the Statue of Liberty because it has a Confederate emblem on it.

The Democrat Friday ordered the removal of Mississippi's flag from a display of each state's flag at Liberty State Park.

He says the flag "is reprehensible and does not reflect our values of inclusivity and equality."

The Mississippi flag includes the Confederate battle emblem in the upper left corner.

The emblem has a red field topped by a blue X-shaped cross, dotted by 13 white stars. It has appeared on Mississippi's flag since 1894.

Critics say it's racist. Those who oppose removing it say it's historic.