With college athletics acting as the catalyst, the state of Mississippi has almost completed the process to remove its state flag that prominently features the Confederate battle emblem.
In the last week of the state’s legislative session, the House and Senate passed the most significant hurdles to remove the state flag. Each chamber of the state’s legislature voted to suspend rules with a two-thirds vote. According to Mississippi Today the bill to remove the current flag and begin the process of adopting a new one will require only simple majorities in both chambers to pass. If passed, the bill calls for a commission to create a new flag design for voters to either reject or approve in November.
The state’s flag since 1894 is not new to controversy. This time calls to take down the flag came from a different source, a college football star player. It’s been six days since Mississippi State All-SEC running back Kylin Hill Tweeted, “Either change the flag or I won’t be representing this State anymore.”
Hill’s remarks came on the heels of an NCAA decision keep all postseason events out of the state until the flag was changed. A few days after Hill’s public remarks, Mike Leach, Lane Kiffin and administrators from all of the state’s secondary institutions traveled to the state capital to lobby for the flag’s removal. (In the midst of all the seriousness, it did produce one hilarious moment.)
If you From Mississippi you felt this one ?? ??
— Kylin Hill (@H_Kylin) June 27, 2020
College athletes are using their voices like never before to create significant change.