Remember the black judge who took it upon himself to remove the Confederate emblem festooned Mississippi flag from his courtroom? Well, things didn't end there.
According to the Star Tribune, a five-day annual Southern legislative meeting is underway in Biloxi Mississippi, including approximately 50 lawmakers and staff members from 15 states.
The lawmakers meet every year to discuss energy concerns, safety and how their states can work together to advance common interests.
However, this year, a boycott and protest have upstaged the main event.
Anger over the Confederate flag being a part of Mississippi's flag inspired members of Mississippi's Legislative Black Caucus to boycott the meeting, and were joined at a protest by activists from the Mississippi Rising Coalition.
Mississippi is the last state flag to feature the CSA symbol, and is the only state in the Union with a flag that contains the flag of a foreign power.
"This demonstration is not a demonstration of black against white, white against black. It's a demonstration of right against wrong," said Mississippi Gulf Coast NAACP president, Curley Clark, who posted video footage of the protest on Facebook, where he described the flag as “racist.”
This year, the states added a discussion of Confederate symbols and monuments to the agenda. As you may know, monuments honoring key CSA actors are being taken down all over the South.
Vicksburg mayor George Flaggs described the meeting as “an open, honest discussion with a lot of integrity.”
The meeting was closed to members of the press and members of the public.
However, Flaggs told reporters that the topic of removing the CSA flag from the state flag came up, and that a Georgia lawmaker shared how removing references to the Confederacy from Georgia's state flag helped to improve the economy and racial issues.
The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus' chairwoman said that through the boycott, the caucus hoped to put pressure on the Mississippi house speaker to change the flag.
For his part, the speaker has admitted that he believes the current flag to be offensive. Still, he said that he feels there is no political will in Mississippi's House to create a replacement flag.