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