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Mississippi can change the flag after protests against racism

Governor of Mississippi Tate Reeves said he was willing to sign a bill to replace the flag of the state because of the presence on it of the insignia of the Confederacy of the southern States.

Amid protests against racist state legislators began debating a controversial symbols of the Confederacy, which is present on the flag since 1894. Flag of Mississippi - the only one in the United States, which remains the symbol of the Confederacy.

"Legislators can't break the deadlock for several days in the discussion of a new flag for the state. Discussion on the flag of 1894 has become as controversial as the flag itself, and it's time to end this. If they send me a bill this weekend, I will sign it," wrote Reeves in Twitter.

On the backdrop of the death of an African-American to George Floyd at the hands of the police in the US has once again intensified the debate about racial discrimination, protests were held in many cities were destroyed several monuments to the southerners who fought in the US Civil war.

During the conflict the North and the South 1861-1865 on the basis of slavery the part of the state seceded from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America (CSA). The military conflict ended with the victory of the North and restoring the USA to its former borders. Were also freed slaves, but de facto the situation of African Americans remained unequal in many States until the 1960-ies.