SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey threatened to leave Mississippi out of internet hosting any convention championship events except the state modifications its flag, which presently features a Confederate emblem.
Sankey’s assertion on Thursday follows the NCAA, which has already stated it will not host any postseason events in Mississippi as a result of of the state’s flag.
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“It is past time for change to be made to the flag of the State of Mississippi,” Sankey stated in an announcement. “Our students deserve an opportunity to learn and compete in environments that are inclusive and welcoming to all. In the event there is no change, there will be consideration of precluding Southeastern Conference championship events from being conducted in the State of Mississippi until the flag is changed.”
Leaders on the College of Mississippi and Mississippi State College have referred to as on the state to change the flag.
“Mississippi needs a flag that represents the qualities about our state that unite us, not those that still divide us,” Ole Miss Chancellor Glenn Boyce and athletic director Keith Carter stated in an announcement. “We support the SEC’s position for changing the Mississippi state flag to an image that is more welcoming and inclusive for all people.”
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Mississippi State president Mark E. Keenum stated he wrote state officers on June 12 requesting to change the flag and that the varsity has been on document since 2015 in favor of altering it.
“The letter said, in part, that our flag should be unifying, not a symbol that divides us,” Keenum stated. “I emphasized that it is time for a renewed, respectful debate on this issue.”
State lawmakers have been constructing momentum to change the flag, however Republican Gov. Tate Reeves has pushed again saying it ought to be up to the voters.
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In 2001, the choice to take away a Confederate image from the state flag was voted upon. Voters determined to maintain the flag reasonably than change it with one which didn’t embody an emblem from the losers of the Civil Struggle.
The Related Press contributed to this report.