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MSU President: 'Flags should unite us, not divide us'


Mississippi State University has taken its stance on the debate over the Magnolia State's flag. University President Dr. Mark E. Keenum said, "Flags should unite us and bring us together, not divide us." 

Debate over the Mississippi flag, which has the Confederate battle emblem in the corner, began after photos surfaced showing the suspect in the Charleston church massacre posing with the Confederate flag. 

"The tragic events in South Carolina and the evolving national debate over the state flag is a debate that should take place today in Mississippi," said Keenum. "In 2001, the Mississippi State University Faculty Senate voted overwhelmingly in support of changing the state flag of Mississippi prior to the failed statewide voter referendum on that question. I have seen no indication that attitudes have changed on that question on our campus."

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