Mississippi native Faith Hill calls on legislature to remove Confederate emblem from flag
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Country star Faith Hill, a Mississippi native, is calling on her home state to change its flag.

"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 tweeted.


The "This Kiss" singer's demand comes amid a national conversation about symbols of the former Confederacy. The Confederate battle emblem is part of Mississippi's current state flag.

The state legislature is expected to vote Saturday on a measure to remove the emblem from the flag. Democrats in the legislature believe they have the votes to pass it, according to NBC News.

The state has been under increasing pressure to change its flag. Walmart is no longer displaying the Mississippi flag in stores, consistent with its policy "to not sell merchandise with the Confederate flag from stores and online sites."

The NCAA also recently put pressure on the state by banning any collegiate championship events from being played in states where the Confederate flag is prominently displayed. Shortly after, a star player on Mississippi State’s football team declared "either change the flag or I won't be representing this state anymore."


Gov. Tate Reeves (R) indicated earlier this week he would not veto a bill to change the state flag if it passes the legislature, but said he would prefer to see the state's residents vote on such a proposal.

"For my part, I’ve only had one real interest since I entered office when it comes to the flag: if it changes it should be by a vote of the people," he wrote on Facebook.

"Make no mistake, a vote to change the rules is a vote to change the flag. If they get those votes, a veto would be pointless. That debate would be over, and the flag would change," he wrote.

Hill urged the legislature to vote for the measure.

"I am a proud MS girl and I love my home state," Hill tweeted. "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 added.