Gov. Tate Reeves discussed the Mississippi state flag which is the only one of the United States to feature a Confederate symbol.
“I believe that some point people will want to change the flag, but it should be done by a vote of the people, not by a vote of politicians doing a backroom deal in Jackson,” Reeves said on Wednesday during a news conference in response to criticism surrounding the Confederate emblem in the state flag.
The governor added that some people want to keep the flag while some people want to change the flag and that sooner rather than later, “people may decide to change.”
“There is no doubt that there's a lot of conversation surrounding that issue right now. And it's very important to have a conversation. That's certainly ongoing. I've made it clear what my position is and, and my position is consistent today as it was in 2019,” Reeves said. “I believe that if we're going to have real change in our state. We've got to deal with the issue of the flag in such a way in which all Mississippians can come together and can rally around one another.”
The Mississippi flag is the same one that has flown over the state since 1890, but it wasn't an official state flag until 2001, after the vote by the Mississippi Legislature, according to Reeves.
“As we look back on many of the decisions that were made by the politicians in '01 and no one probably wouldn't make the same decisions that they made them,” Reeves said.
These comments come the same day that NASCAR banned the display of the Confederate flag at all events.