The Root: With the Confederate Emblem Gone, I Look Forward to Seeing a New Flag Fly Over Mississippi

By Mike Espy for The Root

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Read my full op-ed on The Root.

It’s taken a long time, but change is coming to Mississippi: our state flag — with its archaic symbol of the confederacy — is finally coming down.

Unlike the flags that commonly fly over other states, our flag was never intended to unite and uplift. It was designed to perpetuate a longstanding division among our citizens. It did not remind us of some brilliant past, but of a shameful period in our history.

Since its creation 126 years ago, that flag has only cast a pall over Mississippi. And like many other people in our state, I have lived through some of the worst of what that flag has represented.

Read my full op-ed on The Root.

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