Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves The state of Mississippi and The Confederate Flag.
The Republican led House of Representatives and the Senate voted on Saturday by a two thirds majority to clear the path for a vote on a measure that would remove the current flag and replace it with a new design free of Confederate iconography.
The votes were announced in each chamber, then applause broke out. Earlier in the day, Gov. Tate Reeves (R) indicated that he will sign a bill to change the flag if one reaches his desk, a shift from his previous position that voters should decide whether to change the flag via referendum.
Lawmakers on Saturday gave impassioned speeches for and against abandoning the Confederate symbol, which has endured previous challenges and continued to draw ardent defenders who see it as an important piece of the state’s past. Many described the day in historic terms, invoking the Founding Fathers, their own family histories and future generations in explaining their votes.
Saturday’s vote was a procedural measure necessary so that legislators could consider a bill changing the flag. That measure, which requires a simple majority rather than a two thirds vote, seems likely to pass and could be debated as early as Sunday. According to the Washington Post;
The new version would go before voters for approval in November. If voters rejected the proposed flag, the commission would create a new one meeting the same requirements.
The new version also calls for the immediate removal of the existing flag and the creation of a commission to design a new one. The legislation stipulates that the words “In God We Trust” be included in the new flag and that it not include the Confederate battle flag.