Wednesday, October 21, 2015

And speaking of Confederate symbols: Ole Miss students reject flag

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 6:26 AM

click to enlarge UNWELCOME AT OLE MISS: The state flag of Mississippi, rejected in student government resolution.
  • UNWELCOME AT OLE MISS: The state flag of Mississippi, rejected in student government resolution.
It was a non-binding resolution, but still: 

... Tuesday night in a dramatic vote, Ole Miss student legislators moved to distance themselves from their state’s past and present. The school’s student senate approved a resolution asking the university to stop flying the Mississippi state flag, which includes a Confederate design, on campus grounds. And, though the resolution is non-binding, it puts a question to university officials much of the country has struggled with after a white supremacist allegedly killed nine churchgoers in Columbia, S.C., last summer: Is it still okay to embrace the stars and bars?

“I think it shows that we as a student body recognize that these symbols of white supremacy have no place on our campus,” sophomore and student senator Allen Coon, a 20-year-old major in public policy and African American studies who introduced the resolution, told The Washington Post in a telephone interview.

I don't make too much of this, but I also don't dismiss for my own symbolic reasons.

College students will be around a lot longer than us older people. They view the world differently — in matters of race and gender orientation and women's rights, to name three. 

I think Bob Dylan sang about it.

Meanwhile, Skip Rutherford re-Tweeted the photo below, reportedly of a building at a private school in a small Mississippi town where most of the whites don't attend the public schools.

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