Black Lives Matter voices are finally being heard. After numerous failed attempts to fix its state flag over the years, Mississippi passed a bill to remove the Confederate battle emblem from its state flag on 28 June.
The redesigned flag will feature the US motto seen on all paper bills—“In God We Trust”—therefore replacing the blue saltire cross with white stars that was picked up by white supremacists during the civil rights movement in the 50s and 60s, according to Dezeen.
The decision is in response to a call to remove symbols representing the Confederacy, which was established in 1861 by the seven slave-holding states Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas. Mississippi is the last state to vote out its Confederacy emblem.
Legislature will be previewed the revamped look by 14 September, and members of the public will then vote on whether to keep this new version at a special election on 3 November.
The state will greenlight the redesign if the majority votes for it, but return to the drawing board if reception towards it is poor.
The bill reads, “If a majority of the qualified electors vote against the new design, then the commission shall reconvene to recommend another new design for the Mississippi state flag to be presented to the legislature during the 2021 regular session.”
It also behests the takedown of the current flag from all Mississippi public buildings within 15 days.