Mississippi U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson Introduces Resolution to Remove Confederate Symbol from U.S. House of Representatives

UNITED STATES - APRIL 30:  Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., speaks during a news conference in the Senate Radio-TV Gallery studio on cyber security on Thursday, April 30, 2009.  (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES – APRIL 30: Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., speaks during a news conference in the Senate Radio-TV Gallery studio on cyber security on Thursday, April 30, 2009. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images)

In the wake of Charleston church shootings, in South Carolina, when the shooter was photographed holding the confederate battle flag, states are considering removing the emblem from public institutions. Additionally a Mississippi congressional representative plans to remove it from House chamber in Washington, D.C., as well. 

On Monday, a group of Mississippi lawmakers and academics discussed whether it was appropriate to maintain in public view the confederate emblem, which many African Americans find offensive and a sign of racial hatred.

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson from Mississippi (photo) introduced a resolution to remove the symbol from the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Thompson, who is the only African American member of his state’s congressional delegation, hopes that the symbol of intolerance and hate would be removed from the halls of Congress.

But back in his home state, lawmakers are debating whether a change in the state flag should be put to a public vote as some regulators proposed or not. Tony Yarber, the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, believes that state legislators should change the flag, which he deemed “a vestige” linked to a shameful period.

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Source: Wall Street OTC | Nathan Fortin

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