In a move undoubtedly meant to signal to New Jersey Democrats just how “woke” he is, new governor Phil Murphy ordered that the Mississippi state flag be removed from a park overlooking the Statue of Liberty.
One of those liberals who likes to wax poetic about immigrants while reciting the Emma Lazarus poem inscribed on the statue, Murphy said that the flag, with its inset emblem of the Confederate flag, was not “inclusive” enough to be displayed at Liberty State Park. The order will make Mississippi the only state not to be represented in the park’s flag display.
“The Confederate symbol displayed on the Mississippi state flag is reprehensible and does not reflect our values of inclusivity and equality,” Murphy said.
The move drew jeers from Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, who said that it wasn’t up to the damn yankees to decide what his state’s citizens wanted on their flag.
“I’m disappointed in Gov. Murphy’s actions. As I have repeatedly said, the voters of Mississippi should decide what the state flag is or is not,” Bryant said in a statement.
Voters from Mississippi elected to keep the flag as it is in a state-wide referendum in 2001, though that was well before the hot controversy that ignited in 2015, after a kid named Dylann Roof went on a shooting spree inside a predominantly-black South Carolina church. Suddenly the country went Confederate Crazy, demanding that flags and memorial statues be removed after social media posts showed Roof displaying the flag.
Apparently that passion hasn’t died down. New Jersey State Sen. Sandra Cunningham was the one who got the ball rolling for Murphy when she asked him to remove the Mississippi flag from the park.
“The Confederate flag symbolizes an era of hate, violence, and division,” she said. “I thank Gov. Murphy for his commitment to tolerance and equality and for the decision to remove this hateful symbol from Liberty State Park. Hate has no home in New Jersey.”
Of course, to many Americans, the Confederate Flag represents not hate, but history. And certainly, in this case, it represents the state of Mississippi, not the actual Confederacy. It’s inclusion on the flag is a nod to the state’s heritage and, perhaps, an homage to the many brave Mississippians who fought for the South during the Civil War.
We’re sure Murphy and Cunningham are patting themselves on the back for removing “hate” from New Jersey, but they’ve actually done nothing of any consequence. At all.