Ole Miss Rebels coach Hugh Freeze and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen are two of the many celebrities who have called for Mississippi to remove the Confederate symbol from its state flag, joining the likes of actor Morgan Freeman, singer Jimmy Buffett, author John Grisham and former NFL quarterback Archie Manning in the cause.
According to ESPN’s Alex Scarborough, Freeze, Mullen and the others attached their names to a Sunday advertisement in yesterday’s Clarion Ledger calling for the symbol’s removal from the state flag, featuring a letter explaining why it should be.
“It is simply not fair, or honorable, to ask black Mississippians to attend schools, compete in athletic events, work in the public sector, serve in the National Guard, and go about their normal lives with a state flag that glorifies a war fought to keep their ancestors enslaved,” the letter reads. “It’s time for Mississippi to fly a flag for all its people.”
Coach Freeze has been very open about his want for the symbol’s removal, saying back during SEC media days, “I think it’s time that we move in a different direction,” and that’s from a native Mississippian.
Mullen had avoided discussing the issue whenever asked about it, but now it seems that he has decided to join the masses in calling for a long overdue change, one that comes on the heels of the tragic events in Charleston, South Carolina. Back in June, a man named Dylann Roof entered the historically African-American Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and opened fire with a .45 hand gun, killing nine and wounding one. Roof later confessed that he had committed his horrible actions with the intentions of starting a race war, and public outcry was such that South Carolina finally stopped flying the Confederate flag above its State Capitol building after it had been so for decades.
It now appears that some want Mississippi to follow the same path, and rightfully so. The Confederate flag is a symbol of treason, racism and insubordination in the United States and while it has its place in the history books, it should not be associated with our nation in state governments any longer.
Hopefully, Freeze and Mullen’s names being on a petition are enough to stir up some much-needed change.
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