State Flag-Waving Students Asked to Remove Flag at University of Southern Mississippi

, Spencer Irvine, 1 Comment

mississippi state flag photoFirst Amendment rights are hard to accommodate on your campus, Southern Miss?

Video of the protest shows at least one school police officer walking the protesters off campus after telling them that the school’s president has banned the flag from flying at the school.

“The fact that a police officer told them that they had to remove that flag is enough to create the basis of a lawsuit.”   

Indeed, USM president Rodney Bennett elected to fly only the American flag on campus after student protesters alleged that Mississippi’s state flag promotes racism since it contains the Confederate battle emblem in its upper left corner.

However, university officials explained that while the school will no longer fly the state flag, individuals are still allowed to carry or fly the flag on campus.

Photo by J. Stephen Conn

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