As Walmart lowers Mississippi's state flag from storefronts, learn why the infamous "rebel flag" isn't even historically accurate. USA TODAY
The power imbalance in collegiate athletics has long benefited the schools. These universities and athletic departments bring in millions of dollars every year as a product of unpaid student-athletes. And players are basically expected to accept that status quo.
But over the past couple weeks, athletes like Mississippi State star running back Kylin Hill realized the power and influence that NCAA athletes truly hold.
On Sunday, the Mississippi state legislature officially passed a bill to permanently remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. The symbol had been on Mississippi's flag for 126 years. And while there had long been calls to remove the racist symbol from the state flag, Hill vowing not to play for Mississippi State until the flag was changed led to widespread calls for action from student-athletes and coaches throughout the state.
When that news was announced on Sunday, Hill took to Twitter and thanked all those who supported him and joined the movement to change the flag.
Big salute to EVERY university in this State that helped ....— Kylin Hill (@H_Kylin) June 28, 2020
As part of the vote, Mississippi will be without a flag until the November election. A committee tasked with designing a new flag will introduce choices for Mississippi voters to choose from.
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