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‘This Flag Is A Direct Symbol Of Terror For Our Black Brothers And Sisters’: Country Star Faith Hill Calls For Change To State Flag

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One of Mississippi’s most prominent natives is calling for a change to the state flag.

Country music superstar Faith Hill wrote a Twitter thread on Thursday addressed to the legislature of her home state in which she calls for the removal of the Confederate battle flag emblem from Mississippi’s state flag.

Hill, 52, who was raised in the small town of Star, wrote that the current flag is “a direct symbol of terror” for Black residents, who make up 38% of the state’s population.

“To the Mississippi legislature: It’s time to change the state flag,” she wrote. “I am a proud MS girl and I love my home state. When I think of Mississippi, I think of my mom and dad, the church I grew up in, high school football, and where I fell in love with music.

“I understand many view the current flag as a symbol of heritage and Southern pride, but we have to realize that this flag is a direct symbol of terror for our black brothers and sisters.”

Hill urged the legislature to vote on Friday for a new flag “that represents ALL of the citizens of Mississippi.”

Mississippi is the only state whose flag still contains the Confederate emblem, which many see as racist. The emblem became part of the state flag in 1894 when white supremacists in the Mississippi Legislature voted to add it as a backlash for the political power Black citizens gained during Reconstruction after the Civil War, according to The Associated Press.

Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that he would not stand in opposition if a majority of state legislators vote to change the flag, but he prefers having a statewide election to let voters choose the flag design. Some legislators have suggested substituting the words “In God We Trust” for the Confederate emblem.

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