BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Even though it's been done in the past, Mississippi Representative Sonya Williams Barnes says declaring April Confederate History Month in the midst of the state flag controversy, and during Black History Month, feels like a slap in the face.
"Proclaiming this month Confederate Heritage Month, I think sends out a statement to the nation that seems like Mississippi is a little stagnant," said Barnes.
Governor Bryant's proclamation has gained national attention. With the state still in the spotlight due to the confederate battle emblem on the flag, Barnes hopes the governor will reconsider his stance on the state banner.
"The governor of our state, if he is so bold as to make April Confederate Heritage Month, then I ask him to do the same thing and be so bold to remove the confederate emblem from our state flag," said Barnes.
According to CNN.com, a spokesman for the governor said, "Gov. Bryant believes Mississippi's history deserves study and reflection, no matter how unpleasant or complicated parts of it may be," but Williams-Barnes doesn't believe now is the time for these types of proclamations in the state.
"I think people know Mississippi's history. History should be just that, should be history and not moving towards our future, and I think that it's very stagnant for us to stay there," added Barnes.
The proclamation is not listed on the governor's website with other recent decrees.