Kweisi Mfume, President & CEO, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), called the April 17th decision by the voters in Mississippi to retain the Confederate emblem on the state’s flag “deeply disappointing.”
Mfume said, “It is too bad that the voters of Mississippi have chosen to stay buried in the past instead of moving forward into the 21st century.”
That not withstanding, the NAACP will not give up its fight to remove from public property any and all symbols that celebrate the twisted philosophy of bigotry and hatred in this country. The historic Mississippi state conference of the NAACP is to be commended for leading the fight on this issue. “The governor and business leaders worked hard in this effort to create a new Mississippi. It is a shame that many voters did not share their views. It is important for people to
embrace symbols of unity and not symbols of divisiveness. The Confederate symbol represents bigotry and hatred not only in America, but also around the world. Our thanks to the multi-racial broad based coalition that worked with the NAACP in this struggle,” Mfume added.
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