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Southeastern Conference Bans Events In Mississippi In Absence Of Change In State Flag

The current polarization in the US society has been affecting all its constituents. Now, another landmark moment in the country seems close to fruition.

There is a movement under the aegis of “Black Lives Matter” that seeks to remove all the confederate symbols. The public sentiment wants to make the last standing bastion of slavery fall down. However, there is still some resistance in this regard from the American South.

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The principal collegiate athletic conference incorporating states in the American south, the Southeastern Conference, is considering barring league championship events in Mississippi unless the state changes its Confederate-based flag. This might be a watershed moment in the history of the state. There were also protests which had rocked the state which still keeps symbols of slavery as a part of its culture.

Southeastern Conference Bans Events In Mississippi In Absence Of Change In State Flag

WHY IS THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE MAKING THIS DECISION?

It must be noted that the NCAA, which is another key college athletic body, has not been conducting any events in Mississippi. With the Southeastern Conference going the same way, things seem to be going in the same direction again.

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“It is past time for change to be made to the flag of the State of Mississippi,” Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement on Thursday. “Our students deserve an opportunity to learn and compete in environments that are inclusive and welcoming to all.”

Southeastern Conference Bans Events In Mississippi In Absence Of Change In State Flag

“In the event there is no change, there will be consideration of precluding Southeastern Conference championship events from being conducted in the State of Mississippi until the flag is changed.”

This is a very big decision with regard to the future of sports. The current climate has forced everyone to be political. That’s the reason why many are saying that change is here to stay this time around with all people finally trying to unite for a pretty common cause.

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