Tuesday, October 4, 2022

UM Faculty Senate Votes to Request Removal of State Flag from Campus

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The University of Mississippi Faculty Senate voted on the Resolution 15-13, just two days after the Associated Student Body Senate passed this resolution.

According to its website, the Faculty Senate “approved the passage of a joint resolution with the Associated Student Body Calling for the University to Cease Flying the Current State Flag of the State of Mississippi.”

The Faculty Senate has voted 41-1-0 with one faculty member in opposition.

However, the Faculty Senate and the ASB senate’s passing of this resolution are recommendations. According to The Clarion-Ledger, Interim Chancellor Dr. Morris Stocks has the authority over the flag’s presence on campus grounds.

Dr. Stocks had spoken out against the current design of the state flag earlier this summer. He issued a statement: “The University of Mississippi community came to the realization years ago that the confederate battle flag did not represent many of our core values such as civility and respect for others. Since that time, we have become a stronger and better university. We join other leaders in our state who are calling for a change in the state flag.”

The Resolution 15-13 calls for the flag to be taken down until its current design is changed. As quoted: “WHEREAS, an additional aspect of this resolution is to encourage the Mississippi legislature to hasten their pursuit of a new state flag.”

Callie Daniels Bryant is the senior managing editor for HottyToddy.com. She can be reached at callie.daniels@hottytoddy.com.

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