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The NAACP, along with the Mississippi Rising Coalition marched to the Ocean Springs City Hall to protest against the flying of the state flag prior to the city’s board of aldermen meeting.
Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Ocean Springs City hall, demanding change. President of the Jackson County NAACP Curley Clark, along with the Mississippi Rising Coalition, organized a march, protesting the state flag which is now being flown at all municipal buildings throughout Ocean Springs after a six to one vote last month. “Your actions here in Ocean Springs are validating a Southern premise. You’ve established in my view a Jim Crow like law,” said Curley.
Citizens from all over the Gulf Coast community packed the room, eager to speak to the board about their decision. “You may not agree that the flag is a racist symbol, and that is fine, but there are plenty of people who use it that way.”
“The flag is not respectable to black people or to most people. It represents racism.”
While groups protested against the flag, they were also met with others who support it. Ocean Springs resident Kenneth Thomas said, “They’re trying to tear away at our heritage. We don’t try to take anything away from them. We have the same rights as they do. We have the right to vote and this state has voted to maintain this flag. I have no hate toward anybody. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black, white, pink or purple. People are people.”
The flag has been a staple of debate for Mississippians for many years now and will continue to be until a final solution is resolved.


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