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Mississippi Gets Ready For The State Flag Vote

The last few weeks, Clint Martin spent a lot of time on the CB, chatting with truckers about the state flag vote. He often asked drivers, "How many are going to vote for the flag?".

From what the CB shop repairman could tell through his radio talks, the new flag has no chance. "Why try to choose between them," he wondered. Martin will not vote for either flag, because he doesn't want to upset friends on either side of the debate. "Let the ones that want it have it," he said. "Let the ones that don't want it don't have it. If it means taking it down from a few buildings around, we may have to do that."

A few miles away, Charles Dubra has been trying to wash away the hate that seems to be dividing Mississippi. "We need to heal," Dubra said. "We need to move on."

Outside Dubra's Highway 49 car wash was a sign that said "Faith Overcomes Fear." The businessman, school teacher and lay minister has faith that a new state flag can unite all Mississippians. "Get a new flag, start a new Mississippi and heal together," he said.

The lunch counter at a Biloxi pharmacy served up two vastly different views on the pending flag vote. While Ron Lee waited for his meal, he said, "Yeah I'll vote for the new flag. And not because I'm trying to just get rid of the old flag. It's because of the hate groups."

Ellie Warren said her support of the current flag had nothing to do with hate. It had everything to do with history. "It's our history, and it's been flying a long time," she said. "It's just a piece of cloth. But it should stay where it's at."

Whether the state flag should have a confederate battle symbol in its corner, or a field of 20 stars will be determined Tuesday.

by Brad Kessie

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