Mississippi voters back new flag without Confederate emblem

Washington (AFP) – Voters in Mississippi approved on Tuesday a new state flag that will feature the magnolia flower, months after the southern state retired its old banner bearing a Confederate battle emblem.Mississippi’s flag was the last in the US to include a symbol of the Confederacy, a collection of southern states where slavery was legal and which seceded from the union in 1860.Many African Americans believe the flag carries racist connotations, while white southerners argue it is a symbol of Southern heritage.US media reported that Mississippi voters had backed the flag’s new design, wh…

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