Thursday, July 2, 2015

Local NAACP speaks out about the MS State Flag

President Charles Hampton of the Winston County Branch NAACP and 1st Vice President of the NAACP Mississippi State Conference, announced that the local members of the NAACP is in support of the removal of the Confederate Bars from the State Flag. He joins the group that was at the Memorial Garden last week who ask the city of Louisville to remove the flag in respect to the victims who are descendents of slaves. He stated, "It must come down because of its' true meaning which is hatred and racism"

Hampton reported that the NAACP Mississippi State Conference has released the following statement:

From Derrick Johnson, President, NAACP Mississippi State Conference

"The recent tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina has brought renewed attention to the divisive history of the Confederate battle flag. The unfathomable murder of the Charleston Nine has forced us to confront the Confederate flag's true meaning. To some, the flag is defended as a symbol of Mississippi's history and heritage. To the Mississippi State Conference NAACP, and many others, the flag is a hurtful reminder of slavery and segregation. While none of us can know what the flag meant to Dylan Roof, the alleged murderer in Charleston, the images of him with the Confederate Flag demonstrate why Mississippi needs to make sure symbols of our state's ugly history are never promoted or celebrated. This is why the NAACP supports the removal of the Confederate bars from the Mississippi State Flag and applauds House Speaker Gunn's recent statement that we need to begin this conversation. Speaker Gunn has shown tremendous courage. We hope other state political leaders in Mississippi will follow. If they do, history will applaud their courage and leadership."

The local branch will discuss this topic at its meeting August 19, 2015, 7:00 p.m. with location to be announced later. (submitted)