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Branches Pressure Esper for Confederate Flag Ban

It's the US flag that's placed on coffins, draft policy says

(Newser) - A draft policy circulated by Pentagon leaders would ban the display of the Confederate flag in Defense Department workplaces or public areas by service members and civilian personnel. If approved, the policy would bring the other military services in line with the Marine Corps, which banned Confederate displays on its... More »

Mississippi's Flag Is History

Governor signs bill to retire last state flag with Confederate emblem

(Newser) - Some 155 years after the last battle of the Civil War, the Confederate battle flag no longer features on any state flags. Mississippi's flag, the last in the nation to incorporate the Confederate emblem, became history Tuesday evening when Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill to retire the flag... More »

After Historic Vote, Mississippi Flag Will Be Scrapped

Mississippi lawmakers pass bill to choose a new one

(Newser) - It's almost done: Mississippi lawmakers on Sunday passed a bill to change the state flag. After voting Saturday to suspend legislative deadlines and file the bill, the GOP-controlled state legislature held debates on the bill Sunday and voted, with the House passing the bill 91-23 and the Senate then... More »

'I Will Sign It': Mississippi Moves to Change Its Flag

GOP Gov. Tate Reeves embraces the idea for the first time

(Newser) - Spectators at the Mississippi Capitol broke into applause Saturday as lawmakers took a big step toward erasing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, a symbol that has come under intensifying criticism in recent weeks amid nationwide protests against racial injustice, the AP reports. "The eyes of the... More »

What You Won't See Anymore in Walmarts in This State

Miss. state flag, which bears Confederate symbol, will no longer be flown in retailer's stores there

(Newser) - The NCAA has already warned Mississippi that it may be losing out on championship games if it doesn't change its state flag, the only one left in the US to still bear the Confederate symbol of a blue cross with 13 stars. Now, the biggest retailer in the country... More »

NASCAR 'Outraged' Over Noose in Black Driver's Stall

Bubba Wallace says racist incident will not break him

(Newser) - A noose was found in the garage stall of black driver Bubba Wallace at the NASCAR race in Alabama on Sunday, less than two weeks after he successfully pushed the auto racing series to ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and facilities. NASCAR announced the discovery late Sunday and... More »

NCAA to Mississippi: Change State Flag or Else

SEC may nix championship games in state over Confederate symbol

(Newser) - Mississippi is the only state in the nation to still feature the Confederate symbol, which consists of 13 stars and a blue cross, on its flag —and that hasn't escaped the NCAA's eye. Now, the college athletic organization's Southeastern Conference is warning the state that if... More »

NASCAR Agrees With Its Lone Black Driver on Flag

'No one should feel uncomfortable' at a race, Bubba Wallace had said

(Newser) - It's time for NASCAR to prohibit fans from waving Confederate flags at its races, said Bubba Wallace, the sport's sole black driver. On Wednesday, the organization agreed. "There should be no individual that is uncomfortable showing up to our events to have a good time with their... More »

Trump: Bases Won't Be Renamed

Army had said it was open to a discussion about installations named for Confederate leaders

(Newser) - Just two days ago, Army brass did an about-face and said it would be fine with reconsidering the names of 10 bases that now honor Confederate leaders. On Wednesday, President Trump put a halt to that. "These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American... More »

Armed Activists Take Black Lawmaker to Work

Rep. Sarah Anthony says she 'was pleased to receive the type of support'

(Newser) - Talk about an escort: Armed black activists walked a black lawmaker to work Wednesday in Michigan, the Guardian reports. Rep. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing) was accompanied by six people—some of them armed, one Hispanic—on her trip to the state Capitol building. "Being a black and brown female Democrat... More »

Michigan Gov.: Protests Were Filled With 'the Worst Racism'

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer makes her case on CNN

(Newser) - Michigan’s governor says gun-carrying protesters who demonstrated inside her state’s Capitol "depicted some of the worst racism" and "awful parts" of US history, the AP reports. Democrat Gretchen Whitmer tells CNN that the protests featured "Confederate Flags, and nooses," as well as swastikas. Members... More »

Lawmaker Apologizes for Mask's 'Choice of Pattern'

It resembled Confederate flag, but Michigan state senator says that's not what it was

(Newser) - People worldwide are wearing face masks to protect themselves, but not many are apologizing for the ones they're wearing. WDIV reports on one person who's had to: Dale Zorn, a Michigan state senator who issued a mea culpa after he was recorded Friday during a Senate vote sporting... More »

Hospital Worker Loses Job Over Election Day Outfit

It had a noose and the words 'Mississippi Justice'

(Newser) - It's not clear what Mississippi man Clayton Hickey was hoping to achieve by wearing a pro-lynching T-shirt on Election Day—but if it was getting fired, then job done. Photos shared online showed Hickey at a polling place in Olive Branch, Mississippi, wearing a T-shirt that featured a Confederate... More »

Civil-War Time Capsule Unearthed in New Orleans

Confederate bills and a Louisiana medal are among the damp items

(Newser) - Turn-of-the-century tour books, lots of Confederate cash, a post-Civil War medal from a Union veterans' group, and a flag too tattered by time to tell whether it was US or Confederate were among items removed Friday from a 1913 time capsule buried beneath a Confederate monument in New Orleans, the... More »

Viral Bullying Video Now Caught Up in Backlash

Mother of Keaton Jones fending off charges of racism over Confederate flag photos

(Newser) - A feel-good story about a bullied kid drawing support from all over has turned into a mess. The mother of Keaton Jones is now trying to fend off a backlash that ensued after social media images emerged showing her and the family posing with a Confederate flag. "It was... More »

Ice Cream Shop Owner Trying to Take Down Confederate Flag

The Sons of Confederate Veterans say they actually own the site, though

(Newser) - The owner of an ice cream shop in South Carolina plans to keep fighting to remove a Confederate flag that he says is on his property, AP reports. Tommy Daras, owner of the Edisto River Creamery in Orangeburg, is appealing an order by the city to stop work on the... More »

House: Confederate Flags Only Twice a Year at Some Graves

Amendment vote included almost all Dems, 84 Republicans

(Newser) - Republicans and Democrats came together Thursday in a House of Representatives vote that agreed to limit the use of Confederate flags in national veterans cemeteries, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Per the approved amendment to a veterans and military spending bill, the controversial flag won't be able to be... More »

Confederate Monument Coming Down in Kentucky

It's stood near the University of Louisville since 1895

(Newser) - A Confederate monument will be removed from a spot near the University of Louisville campus where it has stood since 1895. The stone monument honoring Kentuckians who died for the Confederacy in the Civil War will be moved to another location, University President James Ramsey and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer... More »

Gospel Singer's Shout From Crowd Inspired MLK's 'Dream' Line

We have Mahalia Jackson to thank

(Newser) - America is marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, and there's no shortage of interesting coverage about MLK and his legacy:
  • The key to MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech? A remark shouted by gospel singer and King friend Mahalia Jackson, explains Vox . "Tell them
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Ole Miss Yanks State Flag With Confederate Emblem

Students forced issue; governor says school should 'respect law as written'

(Newser) - The University of Mississippi quietly removed the state flag with its Confederate battle emblem from its place of honor on campus Monday morning. Interim Chancellor Morris Stocks waited until after the ceremony to announce that he had ordered the flag sent to the university's archives. The action came days... More »

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