Ole Miss removes Mississippi state flag from campus
The University of Mississippi removed the state flag from its Oxford campus, the school announced Monday.
The flag, which has been highly debated because of the Confederate battle emblem located in the upper left corner, was ordered to be taken down and moved to the university’s archives by interim Chancellor Morris Stocks.
“As Mississippi’s flagship university, we have a deep love and respect for our state,” Stocks said in a statement, according to the Associated Press. “Because the flag remains Mississippi’s official banner, this was a hard decision. I understand the flag represents tradition and honor to some. But to others, the flag means that some members of the Ole Miss family are not welcomed or valued.”
The decision came days after multiple student and faculty organizations called for the removal of the flag.
“It’s the right thing for this university and hopefully, our state also will follow suit,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said to reporters Monday. “I think it represents adequately our core values of who we want to be. This state is so hospitable. While it means a lot of positives things for a lot of people, it also brings up some hurt feelings for some too. I think it’s time we all move forward together.”
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