The retreat of confederate iconography continues.
Today, October 26, 2015, the University of Mississippi joined a list of public universities in Mississippi that includes Alcorn State, Jackson State, and Mississippi Valley State Universities which no longer display the Mississippi state flag on campus due to its inclusion of confederate symbology. Both the Student Senate and the Faculty Senate had voted to call for the removal of the flag. Interim Chancellor Morris Stocks said, “As Mississippi’s flagship university, we have a deep love and respect for our state. 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. That is why the university faculty, staff and leadership have united behind this student-led initiative.”
The flag, along with the resolutions from the students, the faculty, and the staff calling for its removal, will be in the university’s archives.
According to this story, several cities and counties in Mississippi have also stopped flying the state flag.