TV Station: Some 'Black Folks' Support Mississippi Flag

| by Michael Allen
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A TV station in Jackson, Mississippi, recently promoted one of its news stories on Facebook with a caption that read: "Some say our flag is racist. Some black folks strongly disagree. Tonight 10pm 16 WAPT."

The caption included a picture of the Mississippi state flag, which is partly made up of the Confederate flag's stars and bars. The Confederate flag was carried by soldiers who fought for the slavery of black people during the Civil War. notes that the posting has since been removed, but the station did air the story.

WAPT reporter Ross Adams interviewed some African-American residents who want the Mississippi state flag to remain as it is.

“It’s very obvious that for me, I would like to see the state flag remain as it is for various reasons," author Al Arnold told the news station.

"Primarily, I think it honors those who actually died during a very horrible war, and I see no value in dishonoring those men,” Arnold said.

Arnold has written a book about his great-great-grandfather who worked for Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and was a former slave of Confederate Army Lt. Bedford Forrest.

“I say that African-Americans need to be a little bit more receptive to the fact that there are over 70 million descendants of those who fought in the Confederate armies," Arnold added.

"Mississippi just happens to be one of the last states that hold up that symbol to allow those individuals to honor their dead."

Frederick Douglass, a former slave and a prominent African-American during Lee's time, wrote after Lee's death: “We can scarcely take up a newspaper ... that is not filled with nauseating flatteries” of Lee, from which “it would seem ... that the soldier who kills the most men in battle, even in a bad cause, is the greatest Christian, and entitled to the highest place in heaven,” noted Smithsonian Magazine in 2003.

Sources:, WAPT, Smithsonian Magazine / Photo credit: Facebook via

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