This Black Judge Removed The Mississippi Flag From His Courtroom Because Of Its Confederate Emblem
Carlos Moore is the first African-American municipal judge in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and has never liked the flag.
Carlos Moore just became a judge, but he's making waves from the jump!
Not only is he the first African-American municipal judge in Clarksdale, Mississippi, he decided to make a bold statement on his first day on the job!
CNN reports that Moore had the Mississippi state flag removed from his courtroom because it includes the Confederate flag on the upper left corner.
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"It was such a great feeling to see the police officer drag the despicable flag from the courtroom during open court. Great first day!" Moore posted on Facebook.
Just finished my first day on the bench in Clarksdale Municipal Court. My first act was to order the Mississippi flag...Posted by Carlos Moore on Tuesday, July 18, 2017''
Moore felt that symbols of the Confederacy had no place in the halls of justice, and worried what image the flag would project to those facing him.
"Most of the people that appear before me will be African-American, and they need to feel that the courtroom is gonna be a place they can get justice," Moore said. "That flag does not stand for justice."
While Moore is making headlines for physically removing his state's flag at his job, he’s always been about that anti-Confederate flag life.
He once filed a federal lawsuit to stop flying the flag on the grounds that the design is unconstitutional, but U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves threw out the suit.
Mississippi is actually the last state in the Union with a flag that includes the CSA flag, and is also the only state in the nation whose flag includes the flag of a foreign country. Voters had a chance to remove the rebel symbol from their flag in 2001, but voted not to.
In 2015, following the Charleston church massacre by Dylann Roof, the fight to remove the CSA flag from the Mississippi standard reignited, as Roof reportedly viewed the flag as a reminder of white supremacy.
Across Mississippi, views on the flag vary. While some towns in Mississippi keep the flag flying, others have either voted or issued executive orders to remove it from city property.
The University of Mississippi has removed it from its campus, and it also no longer flies on city property in the state capital.