‘It’s Got to Go’: Shepard Smith Calls for Mississippi to Remove Confederate Emblem From State Flag

Earlier, we posted about a speech delivered by Shepard Smith at his alma mater, the University of Mississippi, in which he discussed his experience coming out.

During that same address, Smith also talked about the Confederate flag — and called upon the state of Mississippi to remove the Confederate flag pattern from its own state flag.

“It’s got to go,” Smith said. “Put it in the museum. Don’t get rid of it. Certainly put it in a museum, used it as a teaching device, have it as part of your curriculum… Get it out of the stadium. Get it out of my Grove. Get it out of my state. I’m embarrassed by this.”

Last month, a federal appeals court threw out a lawsuit filed against the state over the use of the Confederate flag pattern in the Mississippi flag.

Smith noted that he doesn’t often take advocacy positions. But he said he felt obligated to remind his audience at Ole Miss and beyond about the history behind Confederate flag.

“You can’t be much of an activist when your job is to report the news,” Smith said. “But you can remind people what happened under that flag.”

Watch above, via YouTube. The relevant portion begins at approximately the 26 minute mark.

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