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With a pen stroke, Mississippi drops Confederate-themed flag

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - With a stroke of the governor’s pen, Mississippi is retiring the last state flag in the U.S.

with the Confederate battle emblem — a symbol that’s widely condemned as racist.Republican Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday signed the historic bill that takes the 126-year-old state flag out of law, immediately removing official status for the banner that has been a source of division for generations.“This is not a political moment to me but a solemn occasion to lead our Mississippi family to come together, to be reconciled, and to move on," Reeves said in a statement. “We are a resilient people defined by our hospitality.

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