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From statues to street names, the most prominent reminders of the United States’ history with racism are often these lingering remnants of the Confederacy. Mississippi’s state flag, which featured the Confederate flag in its upper lefthand corner, is just one example.
It had long been a controversial point for the state, and in 2001, a referendum vote to change it failed. Speaker of the House Philip Gunn supported removing it after that initial rejection, however, and the state’s legislature ruminated on it for the past several years.