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Mississippi voted to finally replace its Confederate-themed state flag

The new flag features the state flower, a magnolia, at its center.

Anna Rahmanan
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Anna Rahmanan

All eyes are on the Presidential election at the moment, but yesterday's nation-wide ballots resulted in a slew of other interesting and exciting changes across the land. In primis: Mississippi residents voting to replace their Confederate-themed state flag with a new design that will feature the official state flower, a magnolia, and the words "In God We Trust."

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On the new flag, the magnolia flower is depicted on a navy blue center, next to gold-and-red borders. You'll also notice a single star made up of diamond shapes—the symbol represents the indigenous Americans that were native to Mississippi before the state was settled. Check out a picture of the new design:

State lawmakers actually retired the former flag back in late June, as the Black Lives Matter movement took hold of the country and critics noted that the previous iteration of the banner glorified Black racial oppression. In fact, according to the Associated Press, the flag was adopted by white supremacists in the state legislature in 1894 as a way to protest the advancements of the Black community during Reconstruction.

Over 3,000 new designs were submitted for approval but, ultimately, the state commission opted for the "New Magnolia" emblem. The latter was put on the ballot yesterday for a yes-or-no vote. Although a moot point now, if voters had rejected the design, the old flag was not going to make a comeback. Rather, legislators would have put a different design up on a ballot in 2021.

A round of applause for Mississippi!

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