Mississippi New Flag Is Official – Mississippi Mondays January 11, 2021

Today, the Governor of Mississippi signed into law the new Mississippi flag: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-11/mississippi-governor-signing-law-for-flag-without-rebel-sign.

Wikipedia: Here’s the Wikipedia article – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_Flag.

There was an attempt to put the old flag on the ballot. So far, it’s nowhere near getting the votes need to place it on a ballot https://mississippitoday.org/2020/08/23/effort-to-put-old-flag-on-ballot-is-underway-but-organizers-must-navigate-a-long-maze/?. I have seen a handful of people pushing this, but given the requirements needed, it would be hard to meet the requirements to get it on the ballot. Not to mention getting enough voters to vote for it. In the November 3, 2020 election, I saw different results being given anywhere from almost 73% voting for the new flag. In early results some had the results at around 78% voting for the new flag.

What many people didn’t get is the economic cost of not changing the flag. There were several large corporations who would not hold conventions in Mississippi as long as the old flag flew. As tourism is one of Mississippi‘s biggest industries, that would cost the state a lot in lost revenue. Saw a few people claim it could be made up in other ways. They didn’t have a good plan on how to raise the money lost to tourism and some of the comments were foolish in the extreme. I am glad the voters decided to change the flag.

From the article:

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In order for the flag proposal to make the ballot, the signatures of 106,196 registered voters must be obtained, or 12 percent of the total from the 2019 election for governor. The signatures must include 21,239 from each of the five congressional districts that existed in the 1990s.

If and when the initiative’s organizers begin that daunting task, they had better plan on doing extra work in the old 2nd Congressional District.

After all, that district has significantly fewer residents than the other four districts. But that does not matter. The state Constitution mandates the signatures be garnered equally from the districts as they existed in the early 1990s, when Mississippi voters went to the polls to enact the initiative process. Mississippi later lost a congressional district in the early 2000s because other states were growing faster.

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The 2nd has 122,454 white adult residents compared to 219,985 African American adult residents, based on the 2010 Census. The other four districts average 312,020 white adults.

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https://mississippitoday.org/2020/08/23/effort-to-put-old-flag-on-ballot-is-underway-but-organizers-must-navigate-a-long-maze/?

YouTube channel or search:  Seeing many videos https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Cruisin%27+the+Coast+Mississippi

Past Mississippi Mondays postshttps://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/tag/mississippi-mondays/

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3 Responses to Mississippi New Flag Is Official – Mississippi Mondays January 11, 2021

  1. GP Cox says:

    I truly can not see how trying to erase history is going to help. Changing all the names, statues, etc. it just seems like a control issue to me, it doesn’t alter what happened.

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    • Writing false history, re-writing history to fit a personal bias, or trying to erase history are both bad. History needs to be done by unbiased views and taken in context. In the case of the Mississippi flag, it was an example where I believe the voters made it clear they wanted the old battle flag removed. Any number of groups had turned it into a case of representing hatred to a specific ethnic group. One southern state incorporated a part of the battle flag into its most recent design. I hadn’t considered the implication as it was done a lot more subtly until I researched the issue with the new Mississippi state flag designed last year.

      I had someone argue they should have let the old Mississippi stay around and be put to a vote. He’s an idiot idealist and yes I have told him when I point out things that he feels strongly on. The cost to Mississippi tourism would have been huge and as tourism is a large part of the state’s revenue.
      Plus, under the Mississippi Constitution, doing so would require a lot more citizens in each Congressional district to sign a petition before it could be added to a ballot.

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