An at­tack on Mis­sis­sippi’s flag

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The Sept. 11 news ar­ti­cle “Fight against state flag has high court’s at­ten­tion” re­ported on a mu­nic­i­pal judge, Carlos E. Moore, who re­moved the Mis­sis­sippi flag from his court­room.

I would be leery of stand­ing be­fore a judge who proudly avowed that he didn’t be­lieve his state flag stood for jus­tice.

The judge is pur­su­ing a fed­eral law­suit, at the Supreme Court no less, claim­ing the state flag en­cour­ages vi­o­lence, pro­motes white supremacy and sends a “mes­sage to African-Amer­i­can cit­i­zens of Mis­sis­sippi that they are sec­ond-class cit­i­zens.” He said the “mes­sage in Mis­sis­sippi’s flag has al­ways been one of racial hos­til­ity and in­sult.”

Mr. Moore caught a break when his case was as­signed to U.S. Dis­trict Court Judge Carl­ton Reeves, who is no­to­ri­ous for a speech on the state’s his­tory of racial an­i­mos­ity. Rul­ing in Mr. Moore’s case, he dis­missed the idea that the Con­fed­er­ate bat­tle flag cel­e­brates her­itage, not hate, and said it is used in Mis­sis­sippi “to ex­press op­po­si­tion to racial equal­ity.”

Mr. Reeves said that the ban­ner “pro­motes car­ry­ing out [a] mis­sion to in­tim­i­date or do harm.” How can cur­rent racial un­rest be re­solved when our judges speak so vir­u­lently?

Bar­bara Ben­field, Beltsville

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