SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - One organization is saying political correctness may take away things that make our state what it is, and they are trying to prevent that from happening.
The Magnolia State Heritage Campaign is working to keep Mississippi traditions strong.
"Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has granted official approval to the Magnolia State Heritage Campaign's Heritage Initiative for circulation of the petition to qualify it for the Mississippi ballot. Mr. Hosemann designated this initiative as Initiative Measure Number 46. In order to place the Heritage Initiative on Mississippi's November 2016 statewide general election ballot, the Magnolia State Heritage Campaign must gather at least 107,216 signatures of Mississippi voters by October 2015," said MSHC spokesman Anthony Hervey.
If the measure passes during the 2016 general election, Initiative 46 would legally secure several of Mississippi's notable cultural themes within the Mississippi Constitution, including: Colonel Reb and the name Ole Miss for the University of Mississippi; Bully the Bulldog and the Cowbell for Mississippi State University; Confederate Heritage Month every April; "Dixie" as the state song; restoring the legal status of Mississippi's state borders; acknowledging the Holy Bible and prayer; and other cultural provisions.
Initiative 46 is sponsored by the Magnolia State Heritage Campaign, and its Director, Arthur Randallson, is a former Chairman of the Tea Party of Mississippi and a decade-long advocate of restoring Colonel Reb's full mascot status at Ole Miss.