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