Did Ole Miss Act Illegally In Removing Mississippi State Flag?

October 26, 2015Oct 26, 2015

The University of Mississippi may be in for a battle with the state governor over their decision to remove the Mississippi state flag from its prominent place on campus.

According to The Clarion-Ledger, Ole Miss' associated student body senate voted to remove the flag because it contains a Confederate symbol.


The university's Interim Chancellor Morris Stocks explained, "As Mississippi's flagship university, we have a deep love and respect for our state. Because the flag remains Mississippi's official banner, this was a hard decision. I understand the flag represents tradition and honor to some. But to others, the flag means that some members of the Ole Miss family are not welcomed or valued."

The university took down the flag this morning. But Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant disagrees with the move.

In a statement to The Clarion-Ledger, Bryant defended the flying of the flag by saying, “Mississippians overwhelmingly voted in 2001 to adopt the current Mississippi state flag. I believe publicly funded institutions should respect the law as it is written today. It clearly states ‘The state flag shall receive all the respect and ceremonious etiquette given the American flag.’”

He added that he did not believe the associated student body senate could legally make the call to remove the flag since it was flying on a public building.

There are currently no plans to remove a Confederate statue on campus, but Stocks said a marker would be added to the statue to explain its historical context.

Do you agree with the university's decision? Or do you think the governor is correct in saying it's illegal?