One half of Rae Sremmurd responded to news that the NCAA plans to ban events in Mississippi because of their state flag that honors the confederacy. Slim Jxmmi who is from Tupelo, Mississippi is calling for the removal of the flag saying that Jim Crow is over.
“There are too many reminders of slavery, from confederate flags to confederate monuments throughout the state. The confederate flag is just disrespectful and represents hate. Just take the shit down,” Jxmmi said on Instagram.
Mississippi is the only state afffected by the NCAA’s “confederate rule” because their state flag in part is designed with the confederate battle flag.
“There is no place in college athletics or the world for symbols or acts of discrimination and oppression,” NCAA board chair Michael Drake said in a statement. “Expanding the Confederate flag policy to all championships is an important step by the NCAA to further provide a quality experience for all participants and fans.”
When challenged in the comment section that the flag is about heritage not hate, the “Black Beetles” co-writer referred his follower to the Confederate constitution which set in place laws to protect slave owners perceived property.
Article IV of the confederate constitution reads, “No slave or other person held to service or labor in any State or Territory of the Confederate States, under the laws thereof, escaping or lawfully carried into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therein, be discharged from such service or labor; but shall be delivered up on claim of the party to whom such slave belongs,. or to whom such service or labor may be due.”
Lawmakers in Mississippi are reportedly feeling the pressure and have bipartisan support in the state to reach compliance with the NCAA’s rules and create a new flag.