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Mississippi approves the removal of the Confederate flag from the state flag amid controversy over racist symbols

The Mississippi State Legislative Assembly in the southeastern United States has approved the withdrawal of the Confederate flag from its flag in full controversy over the symbols, statues, and monuments that many consider to be racist and colonialist.

The House of Representatives and the Senate have given the go-ahead to withdraw the flag in a landmark decision resulting from the anti-racist protests that followed the death of African-American George Floyd on May 25 during a police arrest.

The process, which depended on a Senate committee, is now in the hands of Republican Governor Tate Reeves, who has already assured that he will ratify the measure so that, according to the Politico newspaper, the flag loses its official status.

Mississippi approves the removal of the Confederate flag from the state flag amid controversy over racist symbols
Mississippi approves the removal of the Confederate flag from the state flag amid controversy over racist symbols

The state was under intense pressure last month to change its flag due to protests against racial injustice and police brutality, which is why the new law was greeted with joyful cries.

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