Mississippi approached the change of the state flag on Saturday, when over two thirds of the state legislature voted to suspend the rules to allow a vote on the removal of the emblem of the Confederate battle from its design.
For the first time, Republican Governor Tate Reeves has said he will sign an account to change the flag. Earlier he said he would not veto the bill and expressed that voters would have to decide whether to change the flag.
“The discussion about the 1894 flag has become as divisive as the flag itself and it’s time to end it,” he said in a note published on Twitter. “If they send me an account this weekend, I will sign it.”
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“For economic prosperity and a better future for my children and yours, we need to find a way to meet. Healing our wounds, forgiving, solving the page has been turned, trusting each other. With God’s help, we can, “he added.
The flag, which has been controversial for years, is re-examined for its links with racism as America examines historical symbols, including statues and building names, among protests for racial equality.
Advocates of a change include Bertram Hayes-Davis, a descendant of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
“The flag of battle is an historic symbol of conflict and should be properly displayed in museums as such,” Hayes-Davis, 66, told Newsweek last week. “But it’s not something I think requires a public performance.”
“The battle flag is a historical symbol of a conflict and should be properly displayed in museums as such. But it’s not something I think requires a public performance.”
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Debate on the bill can begin on Sunday and lawmakers could vote to remove the emblem.
“The eyes of the state, of the nation and indeed of the world are on this House,” said Republican deputy Jason White, pro tempore Republican, in the State House on Saturday. “I know there are many good people who … believe that this flag is a symbol of our pride and our southern heritage, but for most people across our nation and the world, they see that flag and think that it represents hatred and oppression. “
According to the bill, a flag committee would create a new design that would include “In God we trust” potentially as part of the official state seal, according to FOX 40 in Jackson, Miss.
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State representative Chris Brown, a Republican, said he believed that both the current and proposed plans should appear on the voting ballot.
“I don’t think we can go on together if we say,” You can have any flag you want except … this one, “” said Brown. “If we put the current flag to the vote with another good design, the people of Mississippi will change it … We don’t steal their joy.”
In 2001, the last time the Confederate symbol was removed from the flag, voters decided to keep it.
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While the suspension of the rules required a two-thirds vote, approval of the bill only needs the majority.
“I never thought I’d see the flag fall during my lifetime,” said Democratic Senator Barbara Blackmon, an African American.
The House voted 84-35 and the Senate 36-14 on Saturday, according to FOX 40.
Robert Gearty, Associated Press and Fox News, contributed to this report.