Reactions after removal of state flag

Yesterday, the Mississippi Legislature made a mark in history when both chambers voted to take down the state’s flag, one that featured the Confederate battle emblem, and replace it.

Below, you will find a running list of people’s reactions to the historical moment:

Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann 

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn

State Auditor Shad White 

Attorney General Lynn Fitch 

Congressman Bennie Thompson 

Mississippi House of Representatives  Democratic Caucus 

Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden 

Mississippi Economic Council President Scott Waller 

“Ensuring a promising future for Mississippi begins with enhancing economic opportunities and improving the quality of life in a fair and inclusive manner for every Mississippian. [The] decision to remove the flag is historic, but more importantly, it is a huge step in unifying our citizens and sets Mississippi on a new course toward economic growth for generations to come. MEC thanks Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann, and state legislators for their leadership and courage, and we look forward to working with Governor Tate Reeves in bringing our state together, so Mississippi can realize her full potential.”

NCAA President Mark Emmert

“We are pleased the Mississippi legislature has acted swiftly to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, and we look forward to Governor Reeves signing the bill. It has too long served as a symbol of oppression, racism, and injustice. We welcome this important move by state lawmakers to remove the symbol from prominence in the state, which will also open the opportunity to host NCAA championships after the recently expanded championship policy.”

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey 

Mississippi State AD John Cohen 

Ole Miss AD Keith Carter 

Southern Miss AD Jeremy McClain