People speak out in Oxford against the state flag's removal and moving of Confederate monument

Two groups faced off on either side of the road in Oxford on Saturday at the Oxford Courthouse Square. The issue was over the state flag and a Confederate Statue in the Courthouse Square.

Posted: Jul 4, 2020 11:47 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- Two groups faced off on either side of the road in Oxford on Saturday at the Oxford Courthouse Square. The issue was over the state flag and a Confederate Statue in the Courthouse Square.

A group met on Saturday in front of Oxford’s courthouse to protest the state’s flag being changed without the public getting to vote on it.

“If they do want a change, it should be put on the ballot,” organizer K-Rack Johnson said.

Johnson said the people of Mississippi should decide on the state’s flag.

“Most Mississippians would be willing to accept a voter-changed flag instead of a legislative-changed flag”, Johnson said.

Johnson said he feels like his vote was not considered.

“You’re basically taking my vote, every person’s out here vote away from them, so basically what the legislature did is basically tell me that my vote is not worth anything,” Johnson said.

A short distance away is a different group. One man said he feels that symbols that tie to the Confederacy is an insult to his friend.

“My best friend who is right there, is an African American male, and it means hate to me, but it means a different level of hate to him.”

Eric Tait is an oxford resident. He says his group stands by the courthouse every day to push for one thing.

“To take that statue a hundred feet in front of me down,” Tait said.

The statue is located right in front of the courthouse. Tait said the square practically is Oxford, and he feels the statue sends a bad message.

“If one symbol means hate to one person, it should be removed, it doesn’t matter what your history is,” Tait said.

Before too long, the two disagreeing sides began shouting at each other. Vehicles with loud engines drove by and revved loudly. Later on, the group supporting Mississippi’s now retired flag marched to the grove at Ole Miss to protest another statue being moved from the grove to a Confederate cemetery.

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