The Flag You Should Have: Mississippi

Current Mississippi flag - adopted 1894

Mississippi: 50th in per capita GDP, 1st in obesity! But people are less aware that the state is also #1 in controversial flags (see the image above if you're wondering why there might be any controversy). You see, when the Confederate States seceded, they needed a new flag, but they settled initially for a lame imitation of the Stars and Stripes (lazily renamed to the "Stars and Bars"--real creative, guys). After much confusion on the battlefield, it was replaced with the more recognizable Confederate Battle Flag (also known as the "Lynyrd Skynyrd Flag"), which was incorporated into subsequent iterations of the national flag. Its design remains instantly recognizable around the world today, and--like most things--you can blame the Jews for it.After the Confederacy's defeat in the Civil War, the Battle Flag faded from officialdom, until its later revival.

1861 Mississippi flag

For its first official banner, Mississippi used the flag above, which it officially adopted after it seceded from the Union. The flag includes symbols associated with Mississippi and the surrounding region, including the Bonnie Blue Flag and the magnolia tree (which is the state's official flower, tree, and nickname). But then in 1894, in a very precocious expression of Confederate nostalgia adopted the flag up top with the Confederate Battle Flag. Georgia later tried to steal Mississippi's thunder, when Gov. Marvin Griffin declared "the rest of the nation is looking to Georgia for the lead in segregation"and the Georgia Legislature also slapped the Battle Flag on its own state flag in 1956. When Georgia caved to public pressure a scant half-century later, instead adopting by far the worst-looking flag in North America, Mississippi voted down a new Confederacy-free flag design by a wide margin. Though the Volidity Report supports sticking to ones guns, perhaps Mississippi might consider adopting a new flag that would not be openly offensive to 37% of its population? We hereby present our expert solution below:

new Mississippi flag from the Volidity Report

Ta-da! Thus, the magnolia tree and star of the Bonnie Blue Flag have been restored, while the present tricolor is retained. Sure, it might look a little Paraguay-ish or Yugoslav-y, but Your Editor has his doubts that the populace of Mississippi at large is even aware of the existence of these places. As symbols that are tied to Mississippi--unlike the Battle Flag--their restoration could be welcomed by all Mississippians. But don't worry, your editor has not forgotten the old, curmudgeonly racists who voted down the previous revision of the flag either; because the Bonnie Blue Flag and magnolia tree are also symbols associated with secession and the Confederacy, this flag is a tune that everyone can dog-whistle to!

Now who needs some vexillological racial healing next?

1. "Charles Moise, a self-described 'southerner of Jewish persuasion,' wrote [William] Miles and other members of the South Carolina delegation asking that 'the symbols of a particular religion' not be made the symbol of the nation. In adapting his flag to take these criticisms into account, Miles removed the palmetto tree and crescent and substituted a diagonal cross for the St. George's cross...Miles explained that the diagonal cross was preferable because 'it avoided the religious objection about the cross (from the Jews and many Protestant sects), because it did not stand out so conspicuously as if the cross had been placed upright thus.'" -The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem by John M. Coski, p. 5


  1. Nice try, Yank. But the people of our state voted and the flag stays the way it is, unchanged, except for a little fimbriation, which makes it look even better. And what a show of tolerance, our flag was indeed created to avoid religious affiliation, under the request of a Jew, while the most celebrated Yankee general was passing anti-semitic, quasi-Nazi laws persecuting them. Look up General Order No. 11.

    And your assumption that the flag is offensive to all the black population (the percentage you mention) is just that, your own assumption. And an incorrect one at that, as 30% of the black voters actually voted for the current Confederate-theme flag to remain. So instead of patronizing our state flag and our citizens, maybe you should do a little more research.

    - From a well-educated, skinny Mississippian.

    1. Dear Anonymous,

      I think you misunderstand--the purpose of this series *is* to patronize the residents of various polities and tell them how they should change their symbols (we have already done so to the residents of Latvia and Lithuania). But then again, I am the editor-in-chief of a web log, and you, sir, are but an anonymous commentator!

      We would be happy to advocate for a new flag for the home state of the vicious (and victorious) Ulysses S. Grant, Illinois, in a future edition. Unfortunately, we cannot consider his birth state of Ohio as it possesses a well-designed flag (also known as the "Obama flag") more aesthetically pleasing than Mississippi's current flag.

      A Well-Educated, Skinny Virginian Who Has Been Living in the Northeastern U.S. and Northeastern Europe

  2. No matter what flag Mississippi adopts...blacks will find something "oppressive" and racist about it.....bitch,groan and whine.....

    1. Hmm yes, I suppose there's no reason at all for "blacks" to dislike a flag that was adopted in the context of their total political disenfranchisement and a massive surge in state-tolerated extrajudicial killings of them, i.e. the post-Reconstruction 1890 state constitution and establishment of Jim Crow laws.