Washington Examiner: Redesign for Mississippi Flag Picked for November Ballot
Sep 3, 2020
A proposed flag for Mississippi was unveiled on Wednesday, roughly two months after the governor signed a bill that removed the Confederate battle flag emblem from the state flag.
After narrowing down a list of redesign proposals to two, a group of commissioners voted by an 8-1 margin in favor of “The New Magnolia,” which features a magnolia, the Mississippi state flower, on a navy background surrounded by white stars with one gold star at the top. Thin gold stripes and thick red stripes sit on either side of the magnolia. Under the flower rests the words, “In God we trust.”
The flag will appear on Mississippi ballots in November, and if it does not receive majority support, a new flag will be selected by the commission.
In June, the Mississippi Legislature made the historic decision to do away with the Confederate iconography on the state flag, after which Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed the legislation it produced.
The decision came amid protests against police brutality and racial inequality after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died in Minneapolis police custody after a white officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
“It meant a great deal, and the fact that they’re taking the initiative and changing the state flag and putting something that’s a little bit more peaceful and universal and has a positive message to it, I’m really proud that they’re changing it,” said Jasmine Dennis, a resident of Jackson, Mississippi.