Mississippi senator calls for flag change

One of Mississippi’s Republican U.S. senators says the Confederate battle emblem should be removed from the state flag because it offends many people and gives a false impression of the state.

Sen. Roger Wicker’s statement Wednesday makes him the second top-tier Republican elected official calling for Mississippi to change the flag it has used since Reconstruction. He says it “should be put in a museum and replaced by one that is more unifying.”

The state House speaker, Philip Gunn, said Monday that as a Christian, he believes the flag has become offensive.

Mississippi voters decided in 2001 to keep the flag. The massacre of nine worshippers in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, restarted debate about the Old South. The man charged in the slayings had posed in photos with the Confederate battle flag.

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