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Defense Secretary bans Confederate flags from military bases
Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper holds a news conference at the Pentagon, June 3, 2020
Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper holds a news conference at the Pentagon, June 3, 2020 Credit: U.S. Secretary of Defense / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has banned all public displays of Confederate flags from all military bases, including "Department of Defense work places, common access areas, and public areas", after pressure from military leaders. Esper stated that the "flags we fly must accord with the military imperatives of good order and discipline, treating all our people with dignity and respect, and rejecting divisive symbols."

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Mississippi to replace state flag displaying Confederate emblem
The Mississippi state flag
The Mississippi state flag Credit: Michaelswikiusername at English Wikipedia / CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

On Sunday, the Mississippi state legislature passed a bill to remove the Confederate emblem from the state's flag, the last remaining state flag to display the Confederate insignia. The Mississippi House voted 91 in favour and 23 opposed of removal, the Senate vote was 37 to 14. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves (R) said he would sign the legislation into law.

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Confederate flags banned from NASCAR races and venues

National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is banning Confederate flags from all races and venues. The move comes just two days after Bubba Wallace, the only full-time black NASCAR driver, called for the removal of Confederate flags to demonstrate its commitment to fight racism, in an interview with CNN's Don Lemon.

In a statement on their website, NASCAR explained their decision, writing: "The presence of the Confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry."