Jigaboo Judge Insults Mississippi Flag as He Dismisses Lawsuit

JUDGE CARLTON REEVES.
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Judge Carleton Reeves makes the correct legal argument in dismissing the lawsuit against the Mississippi flag that was brought to his court by a black Mississippian.

The plaintiff claimed that the flag brought him (and his children and others) emotional distress.

If everything that caused emotional distress to anyone was illegal, then many on this site would be filing a lawsuit against the appearance on TV of (((Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham,))) and other triggers of emotional distress.

Excerpt from U.S. News

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge Thursday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to have the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag declared an unconstitutional relic of slavery.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled that the attorney who filed the suit, Carlos Moore, failed to show the emblem caused a “cognizable legal injury.” However, in dismissing the suit, Reeves also picked apart arguments made outside the courtroom by many flag supporters who say that Mississippi’s secession from the union before the Civil War had nothing to do with slavery.

Reeves quoted the state’s 1861 secession declaration, which said: “‘Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery — the greatest material interest of the world.'”

Then, the judge continued in his own words: “To put it plainly, Mississippi was so devoted to the subjugation of African-Americans that it sought to form a new nation predicated upon white supremacy.”

Mississippi has used the same flag since 1894. Its upper left corner has the Confederate battle emblem — a red field topped by a blue X dotted with 13 white stars. Voters chose to keep the banner in a 2001 referendum. It’s the last state flag in the nation to prominently feature the emblem.

Like other Confederate symbols, the Mississippi flag has come under increased scrutiny since the June 2015 killings of black worshippers in South Carolina. The white man charged in that case had posed with the Confederate battle flag in photos published online. Several cities and counties and seven of Mississippi’s eight public universities have stopped flying the state flag.

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“Moore’s arguments are phrased as constitutional claims, yet his allegations of physical injuries suggest that he is making an emotional distress tort claim,” Reeves wrote. “To succeed in constitutional litigation, however, Moore needs to identify that part of the Constitution which guarantees a legal right to be free from anxiety at State displays of historical racism. There is none.”

Moore, a 39-year-old African-American from Grenada, Mississippi, filed the suit in February, asking Reeves to declare the flag an unconstitutional relic of slavery.

In his ruling, Reeves, who is black, wrote: “The emblem offends more than just African-Americans. Mississippians of all creeds and colors regard it as ‘one of the most repulsive symbols of the past.’ It is difficult to imagine how a symbol borne of the South’s intention to maintain slavery can unite Mississippians in the 21st century.”

Moore said Thursday has not decided whether to appeal the ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal in New Orleans.

He said he has mixed emotions about the lawsuit being dismissed even after receiving three death threats because he filed the case.

Guys, this is the first flag of the Confederate States of America:

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It looks similar to the American flag because it is. This flag caused confusion on the field of battle and so the contested Confederate Battle Flag was used during military operations. Only toward the end of the war was the Stars and Bars adopted as the flag of the Confederacy.

You can read about the flags at Wikipedia. Other Confederate flags were promoted by Southerners at the time as symbols of white supremacy. The Stars and Bars was associated with military prowess, in contrast.

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