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Mississippi elected officials talk about flag debate

Senator Jordan advocated for the flag to be removed in 2001 (Image Source: WLOX News) Senator Jordan advocated for the flag to be removed in 2001 (Image Source: WLOX News)
Mayor Fortenberry says the flag is not controversial (Image Source: WLOX News) Mayor Fortenberry says the flag is not controversial (Image Source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

It started in South Carolina after the tragedy at Emmanuel AME Church, protestors demanding the state remove the Confederate flag that flies at the capitol. Now, the fight is brewing in Mississippi, the only state that actually has the confederate symbol as part of its state flag.

State and local level elected officials were on the coast this week for the municipal league conference. The state's flag was not on the agenda, but State Senator David Jordan didn't mind sharing his opinion on the symbol that has recently come under fire.

"We need a better image of our state. Our state has made great improvements. We don't need to battle stars and bars. We have come much farther than that," said Senator Jordan.

Mississippians have not voted on the flag's design since 2001. Even then, Senator Jordan was advocating that it be changed.

"I think it is time, if South Carolina was able to do it. It's only fair that Mississippi look at her flag that we tried to change 14 years ago," said Senator Jordan.

While Senator Jordan is happy the flag is up for debate once again, Mayor Dale Fortenberry of Farmington does not see why the flag is of concern right now.

"I strongly believe that any person whatever race, creed, color they are, have a right to celebrate their history and their heritage. The flag is not a controversial thing," said Mayor Fortenberry.

Several republican state leaders have now spoken out about doing away with the flag, but Fortenberry stands firm in saying that's unnecessary.

"Why keep voting on it? People done spoke. We don't go back and rewrite all the other laws that was enacted in 2001 or even 1901. We live with them," said Mayor Fortenberry.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann released a statement, saying in part, "If the flag does not represent our citizens today, then we, as a body, should select one that does."

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