DECISION: Will Mississippi’s Governor Call A Special Session To Change The State Flag?

Answer: not on your life. The flag, with the confederate battle insignia in the upper left corner, isn’t going anywhere.

In a massive stand for Southern history, the governor of Mississippi announced that he would not call his state’s legislature into special session this year to debate the removal of the Confederate flag from the state standard.

The flag of Mississippi has had the Confederate emblem on it since 1894, and Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican, has ensured that it will stay that way until at least 2018. A report from The Associated Press made it clear that Bryant “wouldn’t call Mississippi legislators into special session this year to debate the flag.”

The legislature in Mississippi adjourned in April, before the shooting at the Emmanuel African American Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Since the shooter, Dylann Roof, had been photographed prior wearing a Confederate flag patch on his jacket, in the ensuing controversy major initiatives were made in a number of states to remove either the Confederate flag or the names of Confederate war heroes from statues, monuments and buildings.

The post-Charleston anti-Confederate hysteria seems to be dying down, though next door in Louisiana the mayor and city council in New Orleans are continuing in their efforts to take down several monuments to rebel figures Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and P.G.T. Beauregard – despite consistent polling showing that a sizable majority of Louisianans don’t want the removal done and there isn’t even a consensus among the black community for removing them.

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