Aug 31, 2017
The Supreme Court may weigh in on the Confederate Flag. Mississippi has incorporated the Confederate battle flag into its state flag. In March the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals found that the state can incorporate the Confederate flag into its state flag. The case was appealed to the Supreme Court. This week the court asked Governor Phil Bryant “to respond to a petition asking the justices to reverse” the March ruling. The attorney petitioning the high court argued that the Confederate symbol on state flags “violated the Constitution’s equal protection clause, given its association with slavery.” The Court’s request does not mean the Court will take the case. But “it shows that they are giving serious consideration to the petition,” said attorney Michael Scott. In 2015 the Supreme Court ruled that because “license plates constitute government speech,” the state could not be coerced into issuing a specialty license plate showing the Confederate flag.