I’ve lived in Ocean Spring for nearly 12 years, and I was proud that Connie Moran chose not to fly the Mississippi state flag at City Hall during her time as mayor.
Before moving to the Coast, I was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. I attended public school in the city where currently 97 percent of the student population is African-American. During my time as a student during the 1990s through 2001, the demographics weren’t much different. While I am white, most of my friends and classmates were African-American.
I grew up seeing firsthand the pain and frustration the symbol of the Confederate Battle Flag caused them. Regardless of any appeals to tradition and reverence for fallen soldiers, time and time again the Battle Flag has been used as a symbol of racism and oppression against my African-American brothers and sisters. This ranges from the adoption of the flag by the Dixiecrats in their battle to uphold segregation to KKK rallies that still leave fresh scars on our country to this day.
No matter one’s personal affection for this flag, I recall Romans 14:21, “It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.” Let’s lift up our brothers and sisters and do away with this foolish mark of hatred once and for all. Take it down, Mayor Shea Dobson.