Miss. flag victimized by political correctness

Friday, October 30, 2015
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

MississippiA Mississippi state senator says it's the right of the people – not the legislature – to decide whether to remove a Confederate symbol from their state flag.

Mississippi is the only state which continues to have the Confederate battle emblem depicted on its state flag. Other former Confederate states have already removed the contentious emblem from their flags, but in 2001 voters in Mississippi voted overwhelmingly to retain it.

Recently, two universities – the University of Mississippi and The University of Southern Mississippi – decided to no longer fly the 121-year-old flag, which opponents say is a symbol of slavery and racial oppression.

No state statute mandates the flying of the flag at universities in Mississippi. But State Senator Chris McDaniel (R), who mounted a primary challenge against U.S. Senator Thad Cochran last year, says his alma mater should fly it as long as it remains a publicly funded university.

McDaniel

"The real danger here is political correctness," the state lawmaker warns. "It's always the danger because political correctness has a way of suppressing or silencing speech. It makes people ashamed to speak their mind – and of all places, you would think that a university campus would be a place where ideas would be explored and examined."

McDaniel agrees with Governor Phil Bryant, who says Mississippi voters, not the legislature, should again decide the flag's future. He adds that under the circumstances, it would be "very presumptuous" for state lawmakers to take such action.

"We know the people have already made their wishes very, very clear," he points out. "And if they wish to vote on the issue again, I think most legislators would support that type of initiative. The people have already spoken."

The lawmaker says he would vote against any Senate bill that attempts to change the flag without a people's referendum.

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