A Jackson CPA has offered a novel idea about resolving the Mississippi flag issue. Rather than having a divisive fight over the current flag, with its Confederate symbol, and a new one, let’s have them both, says Sherry Mosely.
That way, both sides on this issue — those who claim the current flag is racially offensive, and those who claim it honors bravery and heroism — can have their way. Cities, counties, schools and other governmental entities can decide which of the two they prefer to fly, the old one or the new one. The Legislature can do the same.
By keeping the old flag and adding a second one, perhaps state leaders can avoid some of the backlash they fear from traditionalists.
Like it or not, Mississippi is part of the United States. If we want to grow and enjoy the prosperity the rest of the nation enjoys, we are going to have to conform to some basic national conventions. One such convention is that the old Rebel flag is an offensive emblem of racism, slavery and, now, fascism. Traditionalists can argue until they are blue in the face that this label is unfair, but it doesn’t change the reality of the national perception of our state flag.
The ideal would be to retire the current flag and replace it with a new one, such as Laurin Stennis’ design, that can unify the state rather than divide it. If Mississippi, though, can’t find the political will to change the flag outright, maybe a compromise that adds a state-sanctioned alternative is better than no action at all.
When the Civil War ended, Confederate General Robert E. Lee called for the Rebel flag to be consigned to a museum. If Lee was able to move forward back then, then we should certainly be able to today, especially when the economic development of our state is on the line.