A prominent Mississippi business leader said Wednesday the decision to change the state’s flag has removed a “significant impediment” to economic development in Mississippi.
Mississippi lawmakers voted last year to retire a Confederate-themed flag state as part of the national reckoning over racial injustice.
“This, I think, removes a significant impediment, and will change perceptions of Mississippi across this country and across the world,” said Anthony Wilson, 2020-2021 Mississippi Economic Council chair, at the council’s annual meeting in Jackson.
The Mississippi Economics Council was a staunch supporter of the legislature’s decision to surrender the last state banner in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem — a red field topped by a blue X with 13 white stars. The rebel flag has been used by Ku Klux Klan groups and is widely condemned as racist.