Mississippi's current flag was introduced in 1894, during a period which politicians were disenfranchising African-American and poor white citizens from all aspects of society, as a result the state's current flag features the "Stars and Bars" battle standard of the Confederate States of America. The image Mississippi exudes to its own citizens and the world through the blatant inclusion of Confederate heraldry is less than optimal and downright offensive to some.
Mississippi needs to change its flag to something that represents our state's history and is distinctive our land. Fortunately, this flag already exists. It is the Magnolia Flag, originally derived from the "Bonnie Blue" flag used by the West Florida Republic, Republic of Texas, and throughout the South during the early days of the secessionist movement. It was created in 1861 by adding a white field with the Magnolia Tree in the center, an unmistakable emblem of our state. Some versions have a red bar added to the fly, ensuring this attractive flag integrates all the colors of the United States of America and the other countries that have flown their flag over what's now the Great State of Mississippi. Unlike the current flag of 1894, the Magnolia Flag represents the proud of history of Mississippi, from our Antebellum society through the Civil War to Reconstruction. It offers an authentic symbol of southern values dating back to 1810, plus a real representation of the Mississippi landscape with the Magnolia Tree. The Magnolia Flag is the true heritage and tradition of Mississippi.
In 1894 the Mississippi State Legislator took it upon themselves to discard the Magnolia Flag, why can't they do so in 2013 to help show the world Mississippi is more than the ghosts of a war fought 150 years ago?