An attack on Mississippi’s flag
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