Arkansas leaders propose a bill to repeal Confederate Flag Day

Tuesday, January 19, 2021


Arkansas State Representative Andrew Collins (D), together with Senator Breanne Davis (R), filed a bill on Friday to repeal Confederate Flag Day in the state.

Every year, the Saturday before Easter Sunday is recognized as Confederate Flag Day in Arkansas.

Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a Black man who was killed by a police officer in May 2020, a larger number of people protested against Confederate flags and rebelled enough to remove the statues of Confederate leaders.

While some view the flag as a symbol of Southern pride, the flag also has a dark history to it.

For decades, the Confederate flag — with its red background, blue X, and white stars — has been waved by the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other white supremacists in the country.

Confederate flags were banned by 2020 in several places across the United States, such as NASCAR events and military installations.

A variety of large retailers, like Amazon and Walmart, no longer permit the sale of the flag or any Confederate merchandise.

In June 2020, lawmakers in Mississippi voted to replace their Confederate-themed state flag.

The Arkansas state flag continues to have ties to the Confederacy itself. The three stars below “Arkansas” represent the three countries the state has belonged to, but the fourth star, located above the word, was added to represent the Confederacy.

Two bills were presented in 2019 alone to change the meaning of the fourth star, but both were blocked by the committee before they could ever see the floor.

If the bill proposed on Friday gets passed by the committee and ultimately makes its way to the governor’s desk, Arkansas could potentially see the removal of one of its ties to the Confederacy. 

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