Stephen Rozman, a political scientist at Tougaloo College, said change in Mississippi won’t come easy.

“You’ve got to understand Mississippi. There’s a victim mentally,’’ he said. “The more Mississippi is singled out and ridiculed nationally, as it is, the more you get a lot of white Mississippians who get their dander up.’’

South Forward, a Columbia, South Carolina, group that backs Democratic Party and progressive principles in the South, recently launched an email campaign urging (Gov. Phil) Bryant to support changing the flag.

“Phil Byrant is probably not going to budge on that issue at all — at least not now,’’ said Jay Parmley, the group’s executive director. “What we do know is that he should at least hear from people both inside Mississippi and outside of Mississippi.’’

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