Faith Hill is calling for change in her home state of Mississippi.
The country singer turned to Twitter on Thursday (June 25) to urge the state's legislature to vote for a new flag that reflects the citizens of today. The current banner features three stripes with the Confederate emblem in the corner, which has led many citizens and state officials to push for a replacement.
"To the Mississippi legislature: It’s time to change the state flag," Hill begins a series of tweets. "I am a proud MS girl and I love my home state. When I think of Mississippi, I think of my mom and dad, the church I grew up in, high school football, and where I fell in love with music."
"Now, it is time for the world to meet the Mississippi of today and not the Mississippi of 1894 (when the MS legislature voted on the current flag)," she continues. "I understand many view the current flag as a symbol of heritage and Southern pride, but we have to realize that this flag is a direct symbol of terror for our black brothers and sisters."
She concludes the Twitter thread writing, "I urge the Mississippi legislature to vote tomorrow Friday, June 26 on ONE NEW FLAG, one that represents ALL of the citizens of Mississippi.
Hill is just one of the most recent voices to publicly urge state leaders to change the Mississippi flag. Recently, the state's college teams and coaches have also started to speak out.
The University of Mississippi football coach Lane Kiffin told ESPN the flag doesn't represent Ole Miss. He adds, "Today is another big step in doing our part to move the state forward and ensure a more welcoming environment for everyone. This is extremely important to me and to our players. Time to change!"
Mississippi State coach Mike Leach told the outlet "We need a state flag that everyone is proud of." He says a state flag should "create pride and enthusiasm amongst citizens," noting that "the current flag doesn't do that."
Lawmakers could vote on changing the flag as early at Friday (June 26). The Mississippi flag debate comes amid the movement in support of racial equality in America, following the death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.
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