Reply to: “Don’t forget the history of Mississippi’s flag” published Sunday May 1, 2016 Sun Herald, Gulfport, Mississippi.
While I am in full agreement with Mr. Valentino that the History of Mississippi’s Flag nor any historical event, symbol, etc. should never be forgotten, I would like to offer a few corrections to his comments. For “Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are destined to repeat those lessons.”
His sentence structure implies the Magnolia Flag was a Confederate emblem. It was the Mississippi State Flag before the formation and after the dissolution of the Confederacy.
He states there were but 7 Confederate States implying the 13 stars couldn’t represent the Confederacy. However, there were 13 Confederate States. Eleven seceded without descent; two (Kentucky and Missouri) formed “provisional governments.”
While I am not prepared to address the claim that the Confederate emblem was used by various troops during WW 2, I will quote the flag’s designer, William Thompson:
“[W]e are fighting to maintain the heavenly ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race,” and that “it would soon take rank among the proudest ensigns of the nations, and be hailed by the civilized world as THE WHITE MAN’S FLAG.” (emphasis his)
As to giving “a piece of our history to the KKK, motorcycle gangs, etc,” they appropriated that history long decades ago, thus we cannot prevent that misappropriation of “our” history. The only way to regain our history and our heritage is to deny “them” the pleasure of seeing their “chosen” emblem used as the official representation of our great state.
Roger W Mills II
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