A major newspaper from our states capital in Jackson, The Clarion Ledger, decided to ask for proposed flag designs. The best would be put on the site, for state residents to vote on. I have no influence or clout, so while I’ve been wanting people to propose designs and have others vote, I’m glad someone, whom people will actually see, finally took some initiative.
Let’s discuss the designs, shall we?
The very first flag design on the list is this one, and at the time of this post it has 9.91% in votes. Umm… I call this one the Rebel Flower flag. It’s not a terribly ugly flag, but here’s my problem with it.
These two flags got together & had baby Rebel Flower flag up there. The bold horizontal red and white bars of the official flag of the Confederate States of America with the crossed blue bars with white outline of the Dixie Flag. Which some people do not realize is not an official Civil War flag in any capacity. It is what was created by the KKK in the 1880s, though it’s roots stem from the Battle Flag of Northern Virginia as well as two of the battle flags from the Confederacy.
I suppose the flowers in the new one are Magnolia’s? Nice touch, but no dice. It’s pretty much the same exact flag. Besides I’ve never liked those crossed bars; they remind me of soldiers with spears blocking ones path.
I call this one the Presidential Flag of Mississippi. This is the second flag on the list and at the time of this post it has 14.03% votes. Here’s my problem with this flag.
These two flags just got together with Mississippi and had the Presidential Flag of Mississippi. I’m fine with our American flag and our Presidential Seal. What I’m not OK with is how the same red, white, & blue is plastered all over the United States. It’s fine for the country, but lets not make it a universal colour theme. It’s a bit much. And we already have Washington, D.C. with all its little things. Mississippi, we can be different, ya know! Look at other state flags.
I call this one the Presidential Blood flag. This is the third flag on the list and at the time of this post it has 18.46% votes. Here’s my problem with this flag.
The symbol is too official and only reminds me of the Presidential Seal. Having a red stripe at the end of a white flag will always remind me of the Blood Stained Banner, which was the third official battle flag of the Confederacy. Aren’t we red, white, & blue… so, one would think the colours would be in that order. It is because they want a part of the Blood Stained Banner into this flag design, or else it would be switched. We can remember our past, even in our flag, but how about not so blatantly, y’all.
I like to call this one the Cali-Filipino Flag of Mississippi. It is the fourth design on the list and at the time of this post it has 26.04% votes.
The guy who designed the Cali-Filipino Flag of Mississippi actually commented with why he designed his flag in this particular manner. I think that might be helping his flag to win. It is not a bad flag, however, even before reading it, though I could kind of see what he was going for with the blood, the river and the black bear, it still only made me see that California and the Philippines got together and had his baby flag.
I call this one the East of The Mississippi Texas Flag. It is the fifth flag on the list and at the time of this post it has 3.11% votes. I’m thinking it doesn’t have that many votes because the majority of Mississippians can only see Texas in this flag… and we are not Texas. Not that Texas is bad, it’s just that we aren’t them. We don’t want their flag or to copy them.
The East of The Mississippi Texas Flag is too everything combined of these three flags. It’s too Lone Star State with its red, white, & blue & that big star. The horizontal bars, the square in the left corner and the circlet of stars is too Confederate States of America. It’s just too much. I do not want to be Texas, nor do I want to be The Confederacy.
Here we have the Bloody Magnolia Flag. It is the sixth flag on the list and at the time of this post it has 10.17% votes.
These are three Civil War era flags just vying for space on the Bloody Magnolia Flag. First is the third official Confederate Battle Flag; The Blood Stained Banner. Next is The Magnolia Flag, which was the official state flag of Mississippi from 1861 – 1865; if you need a refresher, those were the years of The Civil War. Last is The Bonnie Blue Flag, which was an unofficial banner for The Confederate States of America at the start of the war in 1861.
I refer to this design as The Bloody Presidential Magnolia Flag of Mississippi. It is the seventh design in the list and at the time of this post it has 7.24% votes.
Do I even need to explain at this point? I feel like the majority of flags thus far are just running in circles. Trying to squeeze as much of The Confederacy into a single flag as one possibly can manage. It’s too official, but less official than the symbol for The Presidential Flag of Mississippi or The Presidential Blood Flag. The circlet of stars is too Confederate States of America. There’s the red bar at the end like the Blood Stained Banner, and faint outline of the Dixie Flags crossed bars.
The Mockingbird River Flag. It is the eighth flag in the list and at the time of this post it has 2.7% votes. I actually really like the basic design of this flag. People dig red, white, and blue, but I like that it’s not the tradition hues. I also like that the white incorporates the western border of our state that is the Mississippi River. However I don’t like that the colours are out of sync so as to still give that Blood Stained Banner look. I also do not like that the seal is so official looking or that it is a mockingbird. I know that it is our state bird, but I detest mockingbirds.
This flag has the second lowest votes of any of the designs. I didn’t vote for it, but would rather have this one over any of the six heavily Confederate flags.
I call this one the Finissippi Flag. It is the ninth flag on the list and at the time of this post it has 2.59% votes. I don’t hate it, but…
I actually rather like that it looks like the flag of Finland, even if that is weird considering Finland never owned Mississippi. But I don’t like that the off-center cross is dark blue, to be almost black in comparison, or the almost comical, though also realistic, magnolia squeezed into the upper left corner.
I call this one The French Mississippi Magnolia Flag. It is the tenth design on the list and at the time of this post it has 5.74% votes. I like this one the best and is the one that I voted for. I know one can see that Bonnie Blue deal about it, but really the first thing that comes into my mind is French settlers come here and turn their flag into this.
It’s not red, white, and blue and while it is a magnolia it doesn’t feel like one, so it’s not another overused symbol slapping me in the face. I like the gold; I like the simplicity. It’s just a gorgeous flag. It’s not winning the votes by any means, but well, I like that it says Mississippi without dragging me back, kicking and screaming, into the 19th century.
So, I’m curious. Whether you’re a Mississippian or not, which flag would you vote for and why? But remember, let’s play nice.