Jackson County asked to take down the state flag
PASCAGOULA -- Coast NAACP leader Curley Clark asked Jackson County supervisors on Monday to take down the Mississippi flag from all county property because of the reference to the Confederate battle flag in one corner.
He said it doesn't fairly represent everyone. He asked Jackson County to join other cities and counties in the state.
Clark told the Jackson County Board of Supervisors that African Americans want to be equal, and "it's hard to do that, when in our face is symbolism that infers we are inferior and don't belong."
Clark told the board, "do the right thing, what needs to be done to portray the image you most often speak of, one Mississippi. We can't be one Mississippi as long as we have this divisive symbol that divides us."
The Board of Supervisors voted to put off the vote until the March 7 meeting.
After the vote, Clark said he was pleased the board will consider it and called it progress.
"I was elated that they will take action on it," he said. "They'll either vote it up or vote it down."
Frank Wiysel, an elderly man of Vancleave, waited the entire meeting to make a comment on the flag issue. He told the board that men fought and died in the Civil War for what they believe in under the Confederate flag and that Mississippians should be proud of it. He said African Americans should be grateful that they were brought to the U.S. as slaves, because it afforded them more opportunities.
"You were brought over," he said. "Look where you are today."
He even addressed the Board President Melton Harris, who is African American, and said, "look what it did for you."
Harris did not reply.