The governor’s answer was a quick an unequivocal no. He said the banner does not hurt Mississippi’s image.
“I’ve been all around the world – literally, all around the world. And not once have I had a world leader – consul general, prime minister – say, ‘We’re offended,’ or, ‘We don’t like your state flag,’” Bryant said.
Asked about Mississippi residents who don’t like the flag, Bryant replied with a chuckle: “There are people in the state who are taxpayers that don’t like a lot of things.”
Mississippi has the only state flag that includes the Confederate symbol. The design has been used since 1894, and was affirmed by a nearly 2-to-1 margin of voters in a 2001 statewide election.
Since then, some black lawmakers have proposed redesigning the flag, but efforts fizzled because legislative leaders – Republican and Democrat – said voters had settled the issue.