Mississippi Group Proposes Measure For ‘Confederate Heritage Month’
A proposed ballot measure by a Mississippi Heritage group would recognize Christianity as the state’s official religion and English as the state’s official language.
The initiative states that the 12-part measure would also establish “Confederate Heritage Month,” which would provide a curriculum base for school children to learn about “Mississippi’s Confederate history, heritage, achievements, and prominent people.”
[su_center_ad]The Clarion-Ledger reports, “The initiative has been endorsed by former Miss America and Mississippian Susan Akin, Mississippi author Julie Hawkins and former state Rep. Mark DuVall, who tried and failed to pass legislation while he was in office in 2011 that would have allowed the restoration of Colonel Reb as Ole Miss’ mascot.”
“We want to give Mississippians the voice they deserve regarding their heritage,” Arthur Randallson, director of the Magnolia State Heritage Campaign, said.”We believe people should get a chance vote on these important issues and preserve these elements of our heritage.”
Included in the initiative would be flying the Confederate battle flag on the grounds of the Mississippi state capitol, mandating that the Mississippi state flag pledge of allegiance be recited after the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance, and the mandatory broadcast of the song “Dixie” immediately following the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner” in public venues.
If the measure passes, the University of Mississippi’s on-field mascot would (again) become “Colonel Reb” and the song “Dixie” would be played by the university.
Or, they could just secede and be done with it. [su_csky_ad]