2020 has been a year of racial reckoning here in the United States, spurred by a number of incidents of police-involved shooting involving people of color. These scenes were often broadcast to the nation via social media, prompting a number of protests, some of which turned violent or deadly as political extremists infiltrated the scene.
Part of this racial reckoning brought about a very harsh, anti-Confederate stance among leftists and moderates, with the more radical of these demographics taking to the streets to topple statues to the failed uprising, and commit other acts of vandalism as well.
In Mississippi, the “stars and bars” of the Confederate battle flag have long adorned the state flag, but, in 2020, voters in The Magnolia State made a big change.
Mississippi on Tuesday voted to replace its state flag, which had been the last one in the U.S. to include an image of the Confederate-themed battle flag.
The new state flag will feature the magnolia flower and the phrase “In God We Trust.” The flag was selected by a state commission in September to be put on the November ballot.
“This will be the new state flag of Mississippi. Voters overwhelmingly approved it. This is a great day for the state as we move forward from a divisive emblem that now rests in the past,” tweeted resident Sam Hall.
Images of the new flag were soon flooding social media.
This will be the new state flag of Mississippi. Voters overwhelmingly approved it. This is a great day for the state as we move forward from a divisive emblem that now rests in the past. pic.twitter.com/nZorS0tVUd
— Sam R. Hall (@samrhall) November 4, 2020
The older flag had been in use for 126 years at the time of its retirement.
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