University of Mississippi Removes State Flag

The University of Mississippi has removed the state flag from campus.

The move comes just days after student senators passed a resolution to have the flag taken down, because it features the confederate battle emblem. 

A resolution is defined as the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict or problem.

The conflict in this case was the Mississippi state flag, which still includes the blue cross representing the Confederacy. Many people feel that the Confederate flag, which was flown during the Civil War by the southern states, is a symbol of slavery and oppression, while others say it's a matter of southern pride.

Mississippi is the only state that has the presence of the Confederate image on its state flag. Members of the university student senate discussed the issues before voting. Thirty-three students were in favor of the flag's removal, while 15 were against.

University police lowered the flag as campus opened Monday morning, as the school's faculty and staff are supporting the student led initiative. The interim school chancellor says while the flag represents tradition and honor to some, it also means some members of the Ole Miss family are not welcomed or valued. The flag will be placed in the university's archives, along with resolutions calling for its removal.

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