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Mississippi Native Faith Hill Calls For Change of State Flag

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By    |   Friday, 26 June 2020 11:40 AM

Country star Faith Hill, a Mississippi native, has joined many others in calling for a replacement for the Mississippi flag that features the Confederate battle emblem -- something that she says is a "symbol of terror" for black people in America.

The "Piece of My Heart" singer appealed to the state's legislature to vote for a new flag in a series of tweets on Thursday.

"To the Mississippi legislature: It’s time to change the state flag. I am a proud MS girl and I love my home state. When I think of Mississippi, I think of my mom and dad, the church I grew up in, high school football, and where I fell in love with music," she wrote.

"Now, it is time for the world to meet the Mississippi of today and not the Mississippi of 1894 (when the MS legislature voted on the current flag). I understand many view the current flag as a symbol of heritage and Southern pride, but we have to realize that this flag is a direct symbol of terror for our black brothers and sisters."

Hill further urged the state's legislature to vote on Friday for a flag that "represents ALL of the citizens of Mississippi."

Friday's vote comes weeks after a bipartisan group of Mississippi lawmakers worked to create a proposal to take the Confederate battle emblem off of the state’s flag, according to Mississippi Today.

According to the outlet, the current flag, which was adopted in 1894, is the last state flag that features something from the Confederacy. The proposal would change the flag’s current design to the Stennis Flag, which features a big blue star encircled by 18 stars surrounded by red bands.

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Country star Faith Hill, a Mississippi native, has joined many others in calling for a replacement for the Mississippi flag that features the Confederate battle emblem-- something that she says is a "symbol of terror" for black people in America.
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