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SUN HERALD | Editorial: State needs a flag for all Mississippians

The Mississippi state flag and U.S. flag fly on campus at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. The state flag was removed Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, days after the student senate, the faculty senate and other groups adopted a student-led resolution calling for removal of the banner from campus.
The Mississippi state flag and U.S. flag fly on campus at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. The state flag was removed Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, days after the student senate, the faculty senate and other groups adopted a student-led resolution calling for removal of the banner from campus. Oxford (Miss.) Eagle/AP

Ole Miss has joined a growing list of communities and schools that have done the right thing and have taken down the Mississippi state flag.

The problem with the state flag is the Battle Flag emblem in the canton -- a Battle Flag that for years has been a symbol of the oppression of black Americans.

We need a state flag all Mississippians can be proud of, not one that antagonizes so many. Not one that degrades the image of our state.

It is time that Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves assume the role of statesmen, follow the lead of House Speaker Philip Gunn and give us a new flag.

Will that make everyone happy? No. Will there be political heat? Yes.

But true leaders will stand up to that heat and will show the world that Mississippi has put the darkest days of its history in the past.

This editorial represents the views of the Sun Herald editorial board. Opinions expressed by columnists, cartoonists and letter writers are their own.

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