The NAACP is asking two more Mississippi counties to stop flying the state flag because it contains the Confederate battle emblem, but the request is meeting resistance from the Sons of Confederate Veterans and some local residents who say it represents history.
The Greenville City Council has voted to remove the Mississippi state flag from all city properties and buildings.
The Mississippi state flag lost another home Tuesday when Oktibbeha County supervisors voted to only fly the U.S. banner above county-owned facilities.
Removing the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi state flag would be akin to communists rewriting history, a former leader of a Southern heritage group said Tuesday during a keep-the-flag rally.
District 3 Supervisor Marvell Howard said he will add a public discussion on the future of the Mississippi state flag to Tuesday’s agenda.
An unplanned vote to lower the state flag from county properties’ flag poles deadlocked along racial lines when District 3 Supervisor Marvell Howard abstained and said he would address the issue at the next board meeting.