HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The debate continues in Harrison County over the future of the state flag. Should it stay or go? This comes after a rally on the steps of the courthouse in Gulfport and impassioned pleas from both sides before the Harrison County Board of Supervisors.
Every morning, the scene plays out at the courthouse. The state flag with the Confederate battle emblem is raised up the pole.
The Mississippi Rising Coalition wants that to end and the flag replaced with another one. They took their case to county supervisors, asking for a vote to remove the flag. One of them is Mark Isaacs.
"Taking down the flag is not about political correctness. It is about doing what is morally correct," Isaacs told the board.
Members of the NAACP are in agreement, including James Crowell, of Biloxi.
"It's time for us now to come together rather than to be divided, and this flag divides us," said Crowell.
For some, the debate also has to do with economics. That's the opinion of Curley Clark, with the Jackson County NAACP.
"A number of corporations have expressed concern for relocating into the State of Mississippi with this type of racial climate," Clark said.
Not everyone standing outside the rally or inside the board of supervisors meeting room was in agreement with taking down the state flag. According to flag supporter Roger Brokaw, it has to do with something that happened 15 years ago.
"It was voted on by the people of Mississippi to keep the flag. Now, here we are bringing up the same old tired stuff again," Brokaw said.
At the rally, one-time flag supporters have changed their minds. One of them is Roger Mills.
"This particular symbol is not, and cannot possibly be inclusive of all Mississippians, in particular roughly 38 percent of us who are descendants of slaves," said Mills.
Supervisor Kent Jones weighed in on the debate outside of the board room where a documentary crew is putting together a piece on this hot button topic.
"My take on the flag is basically I'm against it, personally. I don't think it has a place in my heart and my beliefs," said Jones.
Right now, no one is certain exactly where the flag's place will eventually be.
After hearing from both sides, none of the five supervisors commented publicly about the flag issue, and just like last year, they did not vote one way or the other.