Buffett Joins Chorus to Remove Confederate Emblem from Mississippi Flag

posted August 16th, 2015 at 10:33 pm

by Josh Martin

Native Mississippian Jimmy Buffett is one of many notable sons and daughters of the state to sign a letter that appeared in Sunday’s Clarion Ledger calling for the removal of the Confederate emblem from the state flag.

In a letter appearing in a full-page ad in today’s Clarion-Ledger, author John Grisham, actor Morgan Freeman, legendary quarterback Archie Manning, “The Help” author Kathryn Stockett and others are calling for removal of the Confederate emblem from Mississippi’s state flag.

With other states removing their Confederate battle flags, Mississippi remains the last with the Confederate emblem flying over the statehouse.

“It is simply not fair, or honorable, to ask black Mississippians to attend schools, compete in athletic events, work in the public sector, serve in the National Guard, and go about their normal lives with a state flag that glorifies a war fought to keep their ancestors enslaved,” the letter says. “It’s time for Mississippi to fly a flag for all its people.”

Former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale and Mississippi business leader Jack Reed Sr. signed the letter. So did music legend Jimmy Buffett, former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford, Grammy-winning producer Glen Ballard, Basketball Hall of Famer Bailey Howell, former Gov. William Winter, baseball legend Boo Ferriss and a host of others.

The letter is the latest in a growing wave, from House Speaker Philip Gunn to Mississippi’s SEC football coaches to the great-great-grandson of Confederate President Jefferson Davis — all saying the Confederate battle flag belongs in a museum.

“The tide is turning with business leadership saying it hurts our ability to recruit corporations and with coaches saying it hurts our ability to recruit athletes,” said state Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson. “The flag is a turnoff.”

Read more at clarionledger.com.

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  • Helmholtz Watson

    Son of a son of a douchebag.

  • Fred Noblet

    that is it for me , I loved Buffett music for years, but no more I am DONE !! DAC sings Jimmy Buffett doesn’t live in Key West Anymore!!!!!

  • Chuck

    Happy to hear, he fly’s the true flag of the deep south, the Conch Republic flag.

  • Barry

    Rednecks can’t afford cos anyway, no loss here. Elmer turn that music down! Way to go JB

    • Barry

      Co’s that is

  • Vicki

    I am done with Jimmy Buffett. He is all about the money now anyway I guess he forgot where he came from. He needs to remember where all his money came from. No more from me.

    • Steven Barrett

      He’s earned his money performing all over the world wherever and whenever somebody would bother to listen and pay him for his efforts. They did in place by place, from the tropics to frozen New England; and he built his empire along with his friends whom he never forgot … song by song. Got a problem with that? Oh by the way, why don’t you call your local charitable associations and ask them if they were fortunate enough to have received something from one of his many charities that have poured millions, millions, my friend, back in to the Sunbelt and any other damn belt you can think of besides the one holding your pants up, or just below the expanded waist I suspect you’ve earned while listening to Jimmy’s songs all the while wishing, just wishing you could live his lifestyle and doing little or nothing for your community but act like the local yokel redneck hag.

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