Pentagon mulling plan to ban Confederate flag without mentioning it by name: report

Pentagon mulling plan to ban Confederate flag without mentioning it by name: report

The Defense Department is reportedly considering a plan that would ban the Confederate flag in agency buildings and facilities without directly naming it.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that officials are weighing a policy that would establish a list of allowed flags at military installations, while leaving the Confederate flag off the list. By establishing a new standard rather than specifically banning one flag, the agency reportedly hopes to avoid controversy.

It was unclear when such a plan could be implemented, but the discussions have reportedly reached the desk of Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Government funding bill butts up against deadline | Pentagon reports eighth military COVID-19 death | Trump, Pentagon collide over anti-diversity training push Trump, Pentagon collide over anti-diversity training push Overnight Defense: Stopgap spending measure awaits Senate vote | Trump nominates former Nunes aide for intelligence community watchdog | Trump extends ban on racial discrimination training to contractors, military MORE, according to the AP.

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Army Secretary Ryan McCarthyRyan McCarthyOvernight Defense: Trump's battle with Pentagon poses risks in November | Lawmakers launch Fort Hood probe | Military members can't opt out of tax deferral Lawmakers launch investigation into Fort Hood after 28th death this year Overnight Defense: China aims to double nuclear arsenal | Fort Hood commander removed after string of deaths MORE reportedly said Thursday at a press conference that “we would have any divisive symbols on a no-fly list" under a policy he was separately pursuing for Army bases.

Plans for a military-wide ban of the Confederate flag specifically were dropped in recent weeks due to concerns about opposition from President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE, according to the AP.

States around the country have moved to take down Confederate monuments in response to protests against police brutality and racism that erupted in cities nationwide in response to the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in Minneapolis police custody. 

The state of Mississippi went even further, retiring the state flag which includes the Confederate flag as part of its design.

“This is not a political moment to me but a solemn occasion to lead our Mississippi family to come together and move on,” Gov. Tate Reeves (R) said upon signing the measure. “A flag is a symbol of our past, our present and our future. For those reasons, we need a new symbol.”