Mississippi is the last state to actively fly the confederate battle flag within the canton of its own state flag. For many years, state-funded universities and some cities around the state have refused to put up the flag. In 2001 a motion was put to popular vote, but in the end nothing was changed. The issue is now becoming more urgent, as white supremacists are flying not only the Confederate and the Nazi flags, but also the Mississippi state flag.With that in mind, a group of Mississippians began creating a podcast to tell the story of how Mississippi is changing itself from within. We have the opportunity to showcase the future of our state, not the past. We want our listeners to shape the outcome of that story.This is Red Flag.


  • Episode 9: In Whom Do We Trust?

    Episode 9: In Whom Do We Trust?

    14/10/2020 Duração: 35min

    Several years ago, when we started this podcast, we used stars as an example of how people of various perspectives and backgrounds can look at the same image but take different meanings from it. Obviously this was our entry point to talking about the now former Mississippi flag and the confederate imagery that was so prevalently featured on it. As we conclude this podcast with a look behind the scenes at the state capitol and look ahead to the new flag design referendum, we want to ask you to keep considering the question of how you view our home and what a place like Mississippi means to you.

  • Episode 8: MS Youth Matter

    Episode 8: MS Youth Matter

    17/07/2020 Duração: 22min

    This week, we talk with the organizers of BLMSip who succesfully put together one of the largest State capitol protests, in recent history.

  • Episode 7: 2020

    Episode 7: 2020

    10/07/2020 Duração: 17min

    Spoilers! The flag came down y'all! But was the really an overnight decision? And at what cost did it take to bring us here? The Red Flag podcast welcomes you back to Mississippi for this 3 part finale, exploring the path that lead the last state in the union to take down it's confederate battle emblem.

  • Final Debates and Final Votes HB1796 - 6/28/20

    Final Debates and Final Votes HB1796 - 6/28/20

    29/06/2020 Duração: 01h29min

    Final Debates and Final Votes from the floor of the Mississippi Senate - 6/28/20 HB1796 Passes.

  • Mississippi Senate Debates Changing the Mississippi State Flag - 6/27/20

    Mississippi Senate Debates Changing the Mississippi State Flag - 6/27/20

    27/06/2020 Duração: 35min

    Mississippi Senate Jun 27 2020 36-14

  • Mississippi House of Representatives Debates Changing the Mississippi State Flag - 6/27/20

    Mississippi House of Representatives Debates Changing the Mississippi State Flag - 6/27/20

    27/06/2020 Duração: 30min

    Mississippi House of Representatives Jun 27 2020 85-34 towards changing the State Flag of Mississippi

  • Episode 6: 2001

    Episode 6: 2001

    23/10/2018 Duração: 27min

    "65 Percent" History is catching up to us as we dive into the referendum that solidified our current state flag. Links: Mississippi Flag Referendum (April 2001) Sons of Confederate Veterans Quotes: Leslie B. McLemore II: “The state’s flag’s job is representation of the state to outsiders. The flag [represents] each state’s personal identity. So when your identity is wrapped around the Confederacy…I personally don’t understand it.” Greg Stewart: “For me, it is a flag that represents everyone’s history… if we want to change it, that’s fine. But it’s not going to be changed by demonizing my ancestors.” Leslie B. McLemore II: “That [Confederate] history is something that is not only divisive, but it’s a losing history.” Chellese Hall: Maybe we should all view this flag as a threat to our heritage as current Mississippians. This flag takes away my voice as a young black woman creating a space for herself in a state whose flag waves lik

  • Episode 5: Ole Miss The Disneyland of the Confederacy

    Episode 5: Ole Miss "The Disneyland of the Confederacy"

    16/10/2018 Duração: 20min

    "I Love Mississippi." There was a time when the Governor of Mississippi and President of the United States were not as chummy as they are now... Links: James Meredith at University of Mississippi Dr. Marvin King Ross Barnett “I Love Mississippi Speech” Quotes: “If Mississippi is going to maximize its potential, compete with surrounding areas, and be a substantial national and global contender in education and commerce, to be the best version of itself, to attract major businesses that can help our state and people grow socially, culturally, and economically, and retain and attract our biggest asset–the people who are here–then we must have and promote a healthy environment of inclusivity and acceptance, not one that almost always appears to be divided by racial turmoil, and that won’t happen until we learn and accept that although old traditions may never die, they can in f

  • Episode 4: Never Meaning No Harm

    Episode 4: Never Meaning No Harm

    09/10/2018 Duração: 27min

    "Symbols matter." Just ask the fans of Batman, Superman, or any brand enthusiast. But what if your logo doesn't match your message? Looks like them podcasters are at it again! Links: Derek Russell Dr. D’Andra Orey Quotes: “[A seal] triggers something in your mind so when you see it, it almost becomes an allegory for you.” –Derek Russell “When you’re dealing with an entertainment industry that is controlled by a large white majority, I don’t think how we feel is necessarily taken into consideration. I know adults who watched the show as kids and thought nothing about the Confederate images because it was beyond their understanding then. It was just a fun show to watch. But now, as adults today, who know and understand the history of the civil war, they find the representation in the show problematic.” –Chellese Hall “In the case of The Dukes of Hazzard, art is imitating life. It’s like a revisionist w

  • Episode 3: A History of _____

    Episode 3: A History of _____

    02/10/2018 Duração: 22min

    "Heritage" or "Hate". It's almost cliche at this point. But what are the origins of the flag's heritage and hate? Links: Dr. Robert Luckett Dr. Otis Pickett Voting Rights for African Americans from Library of Congress The Birth of a Nation 1915 Film: 2016 Film: Transcript of Brown v. Board of Education (1954) Dixiecrat Party Quotes: “As a white male christian southerner, this argument that our heritage isn’t somehow hate or that our heritage should somehow always be painted in rosy colors has never set well with me. The Mississippi flag and what it represents to the vast majority of Miss

  • Episode 2: Get Vexed Y’all

    Episode 2: Get Vexed Y’all

    25/09/2018 Duração: 17min

    Links: Ted Kaye’s book: Good Flag, Bad Flag “Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests upon the great truth, that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery -- subordination to the superior race -- is his natural and normal condition.” Confederate Vice-President Alexander Stephans’ Cornerstone Speech, given on March 21, 1861 Quotes: Chellese: “[It’s good to] remember why the Confederacy so willingly united under that flag. It wasn’t the design or the arrangement of it–it was the ideas behind the uprising–slavery and white supremacy.” Beau: “The Civil War may have settled the question about maintaining The Union and created the opportunity to end slavery as an institution. But the ideas that underpinned the confederacy and American slavery never really went away.” Beau: “Remember what Alexander Stevens said, that the races were not equal, that idea wasn’t vanquished by the war and it certainly was never unique to the South. It’s j

  • Episode 1: Welcome To Mississippi

    Episode 1: Welcome To Mississippi

    18/09/2018 Duração: 12min

    Quotes: “We’ve got to explore why symbols even matter in the first place. What’s the story behind our flag? If the argument that keeps getting brought up is heritage versus hate, what is the heritage of Mississippi? What is the hate of Mississippi? Because we’ve got to know where we’ve been to know how we move forward.” Links: Gunn: Confederate part of MS flag 'needs to be removed' - via Clarion Ledger Wicker: Time to put Mississippi flag in a museum - via CNN Lawsuit takes aim at Mississippi state flag - via Clarion Ledger Mississippi Flag Referendum (April 2001) - Moore v. Gov. Bryant Oral Argument (March 2017) -