OPINION: Mississippi Flag Representing Chattel Slavery Must Go Now

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We are currently in a season of change; the winds of change are blowing away old ways of thinking and old symbols of white supremacy. In this political moment that is heightened with tension, people are giving deep and critical questioning to the established norms of the oppressive state. We have witnessed this in current uprisings in Minnesota, Kentucky, New York, California and internationally. This moment has driven a critical question: How do we the people combat the hegemonic white-supremacist machine that governs our society?

In this political moment, we must be clear that the nature of Mississippi is such that it’s the only place in the country where its major symbol of power and pride, the flag that flies over everything owned and controlled by the state, contains within it a ​state-sanctioned symbol of white supremacy and Black submission—the Confederate battle flag.

In this moment we must work to further debunk the myths and lies of “southern heritage.” The first and most obvious lie that is repeated constantly is that the Civil War was not about slavery. But the first reason that was given by those who were seceding stated clearly the reason in the official Mississippi Declaration of Secession:

“In the momentous step which our State has taken of dissolving its connection with the government of which we so long formed a part, it is but just that we should declare the prominent reasons which have induced our course.

“Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery--the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure

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