‘It’s time to end it’: Mississippi governor agrees to sign bill to change state flag

Mississippi’s 126-year-old state flag may soon be no longer.

According to NBC News, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves has quit defending the Mississippi flag, saying that if the state legislature passes a bill to change it, he “will sign it.”

“The legislature has been deadlocked for days as it considers a new state flag,” the Republican wrote in a tweet Saturday, according to NBC.

He went on: “The argument over the 1894 flag has become as divisive as the flag itself and it’s time to end it. If they send me a bill this weekend, I will sign it.”

Tired of fighting

As scores of Confederate-era monuments are being toppled in American streets, the flag of the state of Mississippi, which features an image of the Confederate flag as part of its design, is about to become a relic.

Reeves, for his part, has decided to give in to those seeking change.

Previously, the Republican governor was hoping to have the people of the state decide if they wanted to keep the flag as is or change it, rather than having it done by the legislature. But with tensions being what they are these days, Reeves has made the decision this fight is no longer worth fighting.

“We should not be under any illusion that a vote in the Capitol is the end of what must be done — the job before us to bring the state together and I intend to work night and day to do it,” Reeves added in his Saturday tweet, according to NBC.

He went on: “We must find a way to come together. To heal our wounds, to forgive, to resolve that a page has been turned, to trust each other. With God’s help, we can.”

The end of an era

According to NBC’s report, supporters of the change have already secured enough votes in the state legislature for the bill to pass once it goes to the floor.

It will be the second time this issue has made its way to the legislature; a 2001 public vote failed to secure the votes needed to approve the change, NBC noted.

If a bill to change the flag indeed passes and the governor signs it, there will be no more state flags in the south that depict the Confederate emblem.

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