Monday, August 17, 2015

60 Celebrities Think Their Opinion About Mississippi's Flag Should Trump the People who Live here

Only small percentage of them still actually live here.

From the Clarion Ledger:

  • In a letter appearing in a full-page ad in today's Clarion-Ledger, author John Grisham, actor Morgan Freeman, legendary quarterback Archie Manning, "The Help" author Kathryn Stockett and others are calling for removal of the Confederate emblem from Mississippi's state flag.
    With other states removing their Confederate battle flags, Mississippi remains the last with the Confederate emblem flying over the statehouse.
    "It is simply not fair, or honorable, to ask black Mississippians to attend schools, compete in athletic events, work in the public sector, serve in the National Guard, and go about their normal lives with a state flag that glorifies a war fought to keep their ancestors enslaved," the letter says. "It's time for Mississippi to fly a flag for all its people."
    Former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale and Mississippi business leader Jack Reed Sr. signed the letter. So did music legend Jimmy Buffett, former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford, Grammy-winning producer Glen Ballard, Basketball Hall of Famer Bailey Howell, former Gov. William Winter, baseball legend Boo Ferriss and a host of others.

How utterly brave many of these people are who will take a stand for animals and gay marriage (because it parts of their culture) but will turn a deaf ear to Israel, abortion, Christians be killed, and anything else that might put them at risk of not being in the "cool," or in layman's terms: the important stuff.