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Jun 26, 2020

Faith Hill And Hayley Williams Are Calling For Mississippi To Change Their State Flag

"It's time to change the flag."

Black lawmakers in Mississippi are trying to have the Mississippi flag changed.

“We are touting it as not being Democrat or Republican. It’s what’s in the best interest of the state," said state Sen. Sollie Norwood.

The state flag features a Confederate flag and, for those who don't know, looks like this:

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This week, Walmart decided to remove the state flag from its Mississippi stores.

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Coaches from universities around Mississippi have lobbied legislators, and now two very famous Mississippi natives are getting involved: Faith Hill and Hayley Williams, from the band Paramore.

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Most people don't know this, but Faith Hill is a longtime Democrat.

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She's also a very proud Mississippi girl.

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Faith started a Twitter thread urging lawmakers to vote to change the flag:

To the Mississippi legislature: It’s time to change the state flag. 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.

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.

I urge the Mississippi legislature to vote tomorrow Friday, June 26 on ONE NEW FLAG, one that represents ALL of the citizens of Mississippi. #takeitdownMS #msleg

Hayley started a similar thread:

i was born in meridian, ms. lived there thru 2001. transparently, i have some awful memories from life there but a lot of the good ones i keep involve my black schoolmates & neighborhood friends. those kids introduced me to black artists who shape my artistry to this day...

i remember noticing racial inequities from a very young age but i certainly did not realize then that there was anything that could be done about it. i imagine, even a grown-up would feel intimidated/overwhelmed to do something about it in MS. yet tomorrow, there’s opportunity!

tomorrow, legislators in my birthstate have a chance to take action with a big first step... so tonight, i am appealing to the Mississippi legislature to vote tomorrow (Friday, June 26) on a new flag, one that represents ALL of the citizens of MS. #TakeItDownMS

As of right now, NBC News is reporting that the state Legislature has enough votes to change the flag. Lawmakers could be voting later today.

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