Trump has also sided with those who favor keeping Confederate monuments in place, saying they are beautiful and will be missed if removed. Opponents of such monuments view them as a festering symbol of racism since the Confederacy fought for the preservation of slavery. Supporters say they honor American history. Some of the monuments have become rallying points for white nationalists.
The public display of Confederate symbols has come under widespread debate since the June 2015 slaying of nine black worshippers in a church in a Charleston, South Carolina, by an avowed white supremacist who had posed for photos with the Confederate battle flag. Soon after the massacre, South Carolina lawmakers removed a Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds. Several Mississippi political leaders said this state needs to change its flag.
"The Confederate battle emblem has no place in shaping a New Mississippi, and is better left retired to history," Reeves wrote. "For that change to happen through the judiciary, however, the Confederate battle emblem must have caused a cognizable legal injury. In this case no such injury has been articulated. Whether that could be shown in a future case, or whether'the people themselves' will act to change the state flag, remains to be seen."
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. The Mississippi Legislature could vote this weekend to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. Gov. Tate Reeves said Saturday morning if that happens, he will sign the legislation into law. Reeves tweeted that the argument over the flag has become "divisive" and that "it's time to end it," WLBT-TV reported. A Mississippi state flag flies outside the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, June 25, 2020.
U.S. Army officials said they were open to changing the names of bases and forts across the country named after Confederate generals and leaders. Army Col. Sunset Belinsky said the change of heart came about during a conversation on Monday with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy. The pair told Belinsky renaming is possible, but it would first require "bipartisan conversation," along with consultation from the White House, Congress, and state and local officials. The 10 bases in the U.S. named after Confederate leaders are: The U.S. Army echoed Esper and McCarthy, but said in a statement that "each Army installation is named for a soldier who holds a significant place in our military history." "Accordingly, the historic names represent individuals, not causes or ideologies."