After being removed along with all the other state flags for building renovations, Mississippi's state flag -- which includes a depiction of the Confederate battle flag -- will not go back up in a tunnel under the U.S. Capitol, nor will any of the other flags for U.S, states and territories, the chair of the committee on House Administration announced Thursday.
The decision was influenced by last year's outcry over the presence of the Mississippi flag and other Confederate symbols in the Capitol, after a white supremacist shot and killed nine African Americans in a South Carolina church.
"Given the controversy surrounding confederate imagery, I decided to install a new display," committee Chair Candice Miller (R-MI) said in a statement. "I am well aware of how many Americans negatively view the confederate flag, and, personally, I am very sympathetic to these views. However, I also believe that it is not the business of the federal government to dictate what flag each state flies."
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