Just when you thought the wave of reports about Confederate flag removals had crested, we get hit by another one. Last week Florida’s state senate voted to remove the Confederate from its official seal. In Greene County, Tennessee a county commissioner proposed raising a Confederate flag in front of the courthouse, which was overwhelmingly voted down. Maryland will likely join Virginia in banning the Confederate flag from license plates. And among the “Heritage, Not Hate” crowd fifteen members of a group calling itself, “Respect the Flag” were indicted on terrorism charges following an incident that took place in Georgia over the summer.
Finally, today comes word that the University of Mississippi’s Student Senate has voted overwhelmingly to remove the state flag, which includes the Confederate flag in its design. I did not know that four other public universities in Mississippi have already taken similar steps. Whether the administration supports this vote has yet to be decided, but one thing is clear and that is the Confederate flag has no future in public places in the South.
No number of pickup trucks parading through town with Confederate flags attached is going to change this verdict.