SEC pushes Mississippi to change state flag

SEC presses Mississippi to alter state flag

The Southeastern Conference is thinking about disallowing league champion occasions in Mississippi till the state alters its Confederate-based flag.

“It is past time for change to be made to the flag of the State of Mississippi,” Commissioner Greg Sankey stated Thursday in a declaration. “Our students deserve an opportunity to learn and compete in environments that are inclusive and welcoming to all. In the event there is no change, there will be consideration of precluding Southeastern Conference championship events from being conducted in the State of Mississippi until the flag is changed.”

The NCAA currently stated it would not arrange postseason occasions in Mississippi due to the fact that of the flag that includes the Confederate Fight Flag in the upper left corner.

Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum launched a declaration after Sankey’s remarks.

“Clearly, the current national climate is such that this debate may produce unintended consequences for our student athletes here at Mississippi State University and those at the University of Mississippi,” Keenum stated. “In addition, there might be comparable unexpected repercussions for scholastic pursuits at our all our state’s public universities and unfavorable financial effect on the state’s neighborhoods too.

“Since 2015, our Student Association, Robert Holland Faculty Senate and university administration have been firmly on record in support of changing the state flag. I have reiterated that view to our state’s leaders on multiple occasions, including during face-to-face discussions in recent days and hours. On June 12, I wrote to the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the Mississippi House reaffirming that support. The letter said, in part, that our flag should be unifying, not a symbol that divides us. I emphasized that it is time for a renewed, respectful debate on this issue.”

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