For five of the past 240 years, some form of Confederate flag flew over 11 of 34 states. Honest historians (which are increasingly hard to find) will tell you that every black person brought to this country to be sold was brought here by Northern ships flying the Stars and Stripes not the Stars and Bars, Battle flag or the State flag of Mississippi.
While I deplore -- no, I detest -- the decision by the mayor and city council of Columbus to not fly the state flag on municipal buildings, I believe it is within their rights to do so. To me it is a knee-jerk, spineless, politically-correct response to a manufactured problem, unworthy of the time and effort currently being spent on it.
Take the Mississippi flag down. Prejudices are gone with the removal of a flag. Really? Prejudice is a heart thing not a flag issue.
The right way to determine if a change needs to be made in our state flag is to put it to a vote state-wide -- to change or not to change, as we did some time ago.
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