USM releases statement on state flag removal

USM releases statement on state flag removal

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi released a statement after University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett ordered the state flag be removed from the campus. 

The following statement was released Tuesday afternoon:

"I have chosen to raise American flags on all University of Southern Mississippi flagpoles to remind the University community of what unites us. We have all chosen to work, study and live in a country in which debates like those around the state flag of Mississippi can take place, and ideas can be civilly expressed and advanced. While I love the state of Mississippi, there is passionate disagreement about the current state flag on our campuses and in our communities. I am looking forward to a time when this debate is resolved and USM raises a state flag that unites us. 

Rodney D. Bennett

President, The University of Southern Mississippi.

This comes just two days after Ole Miss removed the state flag from campus after a vote by the student body. UMMC also quietly removed the state flag from outside of the hospital on Labor Day.