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June 27, 2020

Country Music Superstar Faith Hill Calls for a Change to the Mississippi Flag

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Faith Hill is a proud Mississippian who thinks that her state's flag is due for a change. She posted a Twitter thread explaining why that is. 

On Thursday, Faith Hill jumped on Twitter to give a four-part Twitter post explaining why she thinks the Mississippi state flag should be changed as soon as possible. 

Speaking to the state's legislature, the Country superstar spoke of the pride she holds in her home state where she grew up with her parents, went to church, and watched high school football. The tweets are below. 

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HILL CALLS FOR FLAG REDESIGN

"...And where I fell in love with music," wrote Hill, 52. In a subsequent tweet, she said it was time to showcase the current status of Mississippi and not that of 1894. 

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Hill noted that while some see the flag as a symbol that reflects Southern pride, people should realize that "this flag is a direct of terror for our black brothers and sisters." 

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CONFEDERATION EMBLEM'S RACIST PAST

She implored the legislature to vote on Friday for a flag that better represents Mississippi residents' attitude. The post received over 50k likes, more than 6k retweets, and about 1,000 comments. 

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The Mississippi flag includes the Confederate emblem, an image some view as suggestive of white supremacy. Mississippi's history consists of a battle in which one side fought to uphold slavery. 

Those who supported slavery fought under the flag. They would end up losing, but the flag was still upheld. Mississippi is currently the only flag that still includes the Confederate mark, which many see as racist. 

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THE GOVERNOR AGREES TO ALLOW A VOTE

On Wednesday, Governor Tate Reeves expressed that he would not oppose state legislators if the majority vote to change the flag. He personally prefers a statewide election to determine a new design. 

The pressure to change the flag emerges after the late May death of George Floyd, 46, who died after a police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes in Minnesota. 

Some legislators have suggested that the phrase, "In God We Trust," replace the Confederate battle emblem. The last vote on the flag, back in 2001, was a statewide election. 

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HILL'S HISTORY IN MISSISSIPPI

Hill was born in Jackson, Mississippi, to adoptive parents Pat and Edna Perry. She moved to a smaller town nearby called Star at a young age. Her passion for music began in her home town. 

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By the age of 16, Hill was part of a country band and performed at local fairs and other events. In 1986, she graduated from high school, did a year of community college, then moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to fulfill her dreams. 

MISSING HER MOM AMID COVID-19

Back in May, Hill remembered her late mom, who passed away in November 2016. Amid the quarantine pandemic, the singer wished she could speak to her mother again. 

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"Her strength came from her faith," wrote Hill in an Instagram post that promoted husband Tim McGraw's song, "I Called Mama." She listed other traits her mom had, which she dearly misses. 

Hill and McGraw have been married since 1996 and share daughters Maggie, Gracie, and Audrey. Both of them have shown support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

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