Shame on Mayor Dave Bieter for his decision to remove the Mississippi state flag from the flags that stand at Boise City Hall because it contains the stars and bars emblem. Mississippi is still a U.S. state.
The “stars and bars” flag has flown in front of the South Carolina Statehouse to respect the history of the state, which includes being the first state to secede from the U.S. Union when the Confederate States of America were formed and where the Civil War began at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861.
Mississippi, the second southern state to declare its secession, incorporated the Confederate banner into its state flag in 1894. Prior to the current state flag, Mississippi’s state flag was the Magnolia flag, consisting of a magnolia tree on a white field, and the canton corner had the Bonnie Blue reproduction, also a symbol of the Confederacy (taking one state out of the Union). The Magnolia flag continued as the state flag till 1894, when the legislature adopted the present red, white and blue flag with the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy in the canton corner.
New flag design for Mississippi? Yes. State’s flag removal in Boise? No.
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Shelley Bartlett, Meridian