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Mississippi flag removed from Broad Street

As you’ve likely noticed by now, state flags are hanging along South Broad Street for the Democratic National Convention happening this week.

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Mississippi’s flag, located between Mifflin and Mckean Streets, has caused a bit of controversy. During a protest yesterday, city officials removed the flag due to residents and protesters objecting to the confederate flag on the state’s banner.


It had been put up about two weeks ago among a collection of state flags on South Broad. It won’t be put up again, said Brian Abernathy, a deputy managing director for the city, who said, “The Confederate flag raises strong feelings in our city.”

Posts on social media showed a raucous reception when a man in a cherry picker pulled the flag down Monday afternoon. Protesters, some of whom had gathered around the flag demanding its removal, chanted: “Whose streets? Our streets!”

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22 Responses to Mississippi flag removed from Broad Street

  1. alex July 26, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

    JFC why do we always give into these crybabies? They are only doing this because they know they can get away with it.

    • Lou_100x July 26, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

      Not too mention that they’re too stupid to realize that the Georgia state flag IS the actual “Stars & Bars”, which was the official flag of the CSA.

      • Phil July 26, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

        Don’t be willfully ignorant. This has nothing to do with historical accuracy, but everything to do with the fact that the confederate battle flag (as seen on SC’s state flag) has been adopted by racists and white supremacists and is a cultural symbol of hate, violence, and oppression.

        Also, recognize the irony in the fact that while you call “them” stupid, you fail to even use the correct version of “too”.

      • rk July 26, 2016 at 4:34 pm #

        the problem is with the battle flag. You know, the one that has been used for decades and decades as a sign of anti-equality beliefs.

        • alex July 26, 2016 at 4:40 pm #

          looked sweet on the General Lee though.

    • rk July 26, 2016 at 4:31 pm #

      you’re right! we shouldn’t give in to them. They lost the war almost 200 years ago, they lost the battle over civil rights 50 years ago, they should just sack up, deal with it, and have a flag that doesn’t represent hate to your fellow citizens!

      Oh, those weren’t the crybabies you were talking about? My bad…

      • alex July 26, 2016 at 4:39 pm #

        It’s still Mississippi’s flag today, and all other state flags are represented. Had it not been hanging there, they wouldn’t even know a state flag like it existed. It’s not actively promoting inequality. Stage a protest in Mississippi to have it changed, but let it hang during an event that involves all 50 states in the country.

        • Anthony July 26, 2016 at 5:13 pm #

          It goes to show how uneducated people really are. And why do we give in to people complaining? If they want to protest, go down to Mississippi and protest at the state capitol. This is how ignorance is empowered.

          • Kate July 26, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

            It seems that the DNC delegates in town from Mississippi support its removal as well. From 7/26 article “Mississippi flag won’t fly in Philly”:

            “Ouida Meruvia, a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Democratic Party, said the state’s delegation fully agreed with the city’s decision. In fact, she said, the delegation had removed a flag placard designating where they sit on the convention floor for the same reasons.

            “The Democratic Party in Mississippi does not advocate the Mississippi flag,” she said. “A lot of delegates have come out against it.”

            Curley Clark, a Hillary Clinton delegate and president of the Jackson County, Miss., NAACP, said the flag was “an affront to the descendants of slaves” and “should be changed.”


            I have no problem with it coming down.

            • Alex July 27, 2016 at 6:55 am #

              My point is this is an event representing all 50 states, and it is not the time to make this point. The flag will likely change within the next election cycle, and isn’t flying at this time to present a racist past. It’s there to show that Mississippi is represented and included.

              • rk July 27, 2016 at 10:34 am #

                Please let me know when is the proper time to object to a symbol of racism in your opinion, ok? thanks in advance.

                • Alex July 27, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

                  Maybe outside the Capital building in Montgomery.

                  • Mike July 28, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

                    Wait, you do realize that Montgomery is not the capital of Mississippi, right?

                    • rk July 28, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

                      I’m glad I came back to this thread just for that. LMAO.

                    • Alex July 29, 2016 at 8:35 am #

                      Yea that was an eff up on my part. egg on face

  2. AL July 26, 2016 at 7:02 pm #

    Maybe the presence of a symbol of slavery and oppression bothers people in the neighborhood. I’d ask an African American about it, but I think it’s a rhetorical question. :-|

    Taking down the flag isn’t revisionism, it’s respectful. Philadelphia’s residents deserve to have a say in what images and symbols are displayed in their neighborhoods. Furthermore, they should feel encouraged to express distaste with any banners/imagery/symbols/advertising they find offensive in their community. That’s how community change happens. By all means, champion bigotry if that’s your thing! You deserve to have a voice, too!

    I think complaints about the Mississippi flag are pretty reasonable, actually. Much more reasonable than, say, complaining whether or not a new coffee shop is opening on the Avenue or a terrible Frank Sinatra mural…

  3. spf5000 July 26, 2016 at 9:24 pm #

    The only people defending the flying of the Confederate flag are crybaby white supremacists that feel like they’re losing power. Change your bigotry into love. Change your mind.

    • Alex July 27, 2016 at 6:51 am #

      Thanks for telling me what I believe.

    • SoCrisp July 27, 2016 at 8:38 am #


  4. Aha July 27, 2016 at 6:10 pm #

    For what it’s worth I’m black, but dont think you need to be to be offended by that flag. I was walking broad with my husband and daughter last week enjoying the flag display and the sight of that flag made me a little sick to my stomach. I got over it and moved on with my life but having grown up in a place where that flag was about hate not heritage it’s ugly. People can do what they want on theirs bodies, theirs cars and in their homes. But that flag is a message from the state so it means more. We know the state exists, we don’t need to see their hateful flag on our streets

  5. Angray July 27, 2016 at 9:31 pm #

    @ AL maybe people in the neighborhood are bothered by another coffee shop popping up, geared towards millennials with money, rented by an absentee landlord because he sees profit, where a local favorite used to be. Maybe they like their terrible Frank Sinatra mural but a developer who doesn’t live there wants to build over it… That argument doesn’t work too well.

    • AL July 28, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

      If that’s your takeaway from the post, then you’re really missing the point. Also, you can just click the “reply” button under the post you want to comment on. You don’t have to @ anyone. The internet is magic!

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