Politics

Students Vote To Remove Confederate Symbol From University Of Mississippi Campus

| by Sean Kelly
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On Oct. 20, students at the University of Mississippi voted to remove the Mississippi state flag from campus because it contains the Confederate battle emblem. After the resolution is signed, it will be up to the administration to remove the flag or not.

The vote is one of significance for Ole Miss -- a school with a long history of association with racial turmoil. 

“Seeing an institution with such an unpleasant history take steps toward progress can have an immense impact on the decisions of lawmakers,” Tysianna Marino, vice president of the University of Mississippi NAACP said before the vote, according to The Huffington Post.

“We have the ability to show the nation Mississippi is not stagnant," she added. "We are ready for progress."

Student Allen Coon, 20, introduced the resolution to remove the flag with the support of the school’s NAACP chapter. 

“This is an issue that affects us as students on a daily basis,” Coon, head of the Ole Miss College Democrats, told The Huffington Post.

The resolution will go to administrators once it’s signed. Administrators will make the final decision on whether the flag stays or goes.

Sources: The Huffington Post, WGNTV / Photo credit: Rex Hammock/Flickr, Matthew Nichols/Flickr