Today the Mississippi Rising Coalition, alongside three Coast residents, filed a lawsuit against the City of Ocean Springs decision to fly the Mississippi state flag on city municipal buildings.
The lawsuit was filed at Gulfport Federal Courthouse and states that the flag is racially demeaning, hostile, and violates both the Fair Housing Act and the 14th Amendment.
The plaintiffs named in the lawsuit include Mississippi Rising Coalition President Lea Campbell, Jackson County NAACP President Curley Clark, and Ronald Vincent, an African American resident of Ocean Springs.
Today a press conference was held outside of Ocean Springs City Hall to further discuss the lawsuit. Tnathan Fairley with the Mississippi Rising Coalition said, “Under this flag more than 581 people of color or otherwise have been lynched. This flag represents hate. This flag represents all that is not about the diversity that this community represents, but yet they still choose to fly it.”
Attorney Carlos E. Moore said, “What is it going to take for Mississippi to get our act together. If South Carolina can do it, surely we can too. Since they won’t voluntarily do that, we have filed this lawsuit.”
This lawsuit comes after two Ku Klux Klan videos emerged this past month personally attacking members of the Mississippi Rising Coalition.