MSU again calls for dropping Confederate flag

Jim Gaines
Staff Writer

Mississippi State University's faculty senate and student government are both calling for Mississippi to drop the Confederate emblem from its state flag.
The Robert Holland Faculty Senate voted 37-1 on Aug. 21 for a redesigned flag, according to a news release from MSU spokesman Sid Salter.
Then on Tuesday the Student Association Senate voted 20-4, with five abstentions, for a new state flag.
“Our flag should serve to unite all Mississippians and represent our state’s promising future,” said JoJo Dodd, Student Association president. “I’m proud of the students, faculty and administration of Mississippi State for showing leadership on this issue and seeking to better our community and our state.”
In 2001 the faculty senate endorsed a state flag redesigned to leave out the Confederate emblem, but two-thirds of Mississippi voters rejected the redesign in a statewide referendum.
The issue resurfaced this year after the June 17 massacre of nine people in a Charleston, S.C., church by a man who posed with Confederate flags and symbols of other white-supremacist regimes. Confederate flags came down from display in other states, but Mississippi's is the only state flag to still incorporate a Confederate logo.
Several cities, including Starkville, have removed the state flag from city property and called for the flag to be changed, but state officials have made no decision to do so themselves or to hold another referendum.