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UPDATE: Mississippi flag in front of Boise City Hall taken down

The Mississippi state flag was taken down Wednesday morning from a group of state flags in front of City Hall because it contains the Confederate emblem, according to Mike Journee, spokesperson for the mayor’s office.

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter asked for the removal after the killing of nine people in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina led to wide criticism of the Confederate flag.

Mike Journee, a spokesman for the mayor’s office, said Boise has a strong reputation as welcoming city and one that embraces diversity.

“This flag has been out there for many years The connotation and the understanding of the connotation has changed, especially with recent events,” Journee said.

The flag’s symbolism is not consistent with Boise’s stance as a welcoming community to diverse cultures, Journee said.

Calls for the removal of Confederate symbols are sweeping the South in the wake of the murder of nine African-Americans at a Bible study gathering in a Charleston, S.C., church. Read this roundup by the Associated Press of what’s been proposed so far.

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn, a Republican, has called for the state to remove the Confederate emblem from the state flag, The Clarion-Ledger reported Tuesday. In 2001, 64 percent of those who voted made the flag with the Confederate emblem the state’s official banner, the newspaper reported.

Retailers are also getting pressure to phase out Confederate merchandise. Here is a list of retailers that have banned sales of the Confederate flag.

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