"Neo-Confederates Introduce Heritage Initiative " by Jackblog | Jackson Free Press | Jackson, MS


Neo-Confederates Introduce Heritage Initiative

The Secretary of State posted a new initiative to its website that reads:

http://www.sos.ms.gov/elections/initiatives/InitiativeInfo.aspx?IId=46">Initiative #46 would amend the Constitution to restrict or define Mississippi’s heritage in the following areas: religion, official language, state flag, nickname, song, motto and state university mascots. Further, the initiative would prevent the consolidation of Alcorn State University, Delta State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi University for Women, and Mississippi Valley State University, designate the month of April “Confederate Heritage Month,” and reinstate Mississippi’s Constitutional boundaries.

The initiative was filed by Arthur Randallson, Magnolia State Heritage Campaign Director and former Tea Party of Mississippi Chairman. Randallson also previously proposed an initiative to amend the constitution to designate Colonel Reb the official mascot of the University of Mississippi.

http://www.liberalamerica.org/2014/11/04/mississippi-wingnuts-want-to-declare-christianity-the-official-state-religion/">Some say his current initiative is a way to declare Christianity the official religion of Mississippi. This pretty clearly violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, so it doesn't seem that the initiative would pass tests of constitutionality. Either way, the amendment proposal won't appear on the ballot in 2015 unless the group gets 107,216 certified signatures.


Grant 7 years, 7 months ago

What does one mean by "reinstate Mississippi’s Constitutional boundaries"?


Turtleread 7 years, 7 months ago

Ah, excuse me, the Civil War, which wasn't too civil, is over, and has been over, for more than a hundred and fifty years. That war and the events leading up to it, during, and afterward are part of the state's history, but not necessarily part of it's heritage. Let's try not to enshrine "stupid" within our heritage or state Constitution. And I am a direct descendant to one of the most prominent plantation families in Mississippi. Brandon is built on my cousin's plantation. And a close relative served in the Confederate Congress representing Mississippi.

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