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Jackson Mayor releases open letter about state flag

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber released an "Open Letter about the State Flag" Thursday afternoon. In his statement he applauded the elected officials who support the removal of the Confederate battle cross from the flag.

"The job of elected officials is to act on behalf of those who placed them in office, said the mayor. "Our legislative leaders have the ability to bring this discussion to an end. Removing the Confederate emblem requires leadership, not votes. The flag issue doesn't need a ballot. It needs leadership."

Mayor Yarber also acknowledged that the flag issued would be a distraction.

"This topic has the potential to take our sights off more pressing issues that impact Mississippi citizens, such as education, economic development and health disparities," the mayor said in his letter. "We should be working together to lift this state and the quality of life for its citizens."

Yarber concluded that "There is no need to display a Confederate emblem that is out of step with our present and our future."

Mayor Yarber's full letter is here.

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