On Thursday, a House committee offered a novel solution to the continued controversy over Mississippi’s starred and barred banner: Replace the state flags (which are bad and everyone hates) with the state quarters (which are good and everyone loves).
According to The Washington Post, the plan comes 10 months after Mississippi’s flag was removed from a subway tunnel connecting the U.S. Capitol to a congressional office building in the wake of last year’s racially-motivated Charleston massacre:
Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.), chairman of the Committee on House Administration, said Thursday that the flag — along with the flags of the 49 other states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories — would not return following a renovation. Replacing them, she said, will be “a reproduction of the commemorative quarters issued by the U.S. Mint.”
Mississippi’s state quarter, issued in 2002, depicts a pair of magnolia blossoms.
“Given the controversy surrounding confederate imagery, I decided to install a new display,” said Miller 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.”
Fortunately for secession-loving sightseers, Mississippi’s flag will not completely disappear from the building the Civil War transformed into an army barracks 150 years ago. The Post reports the flag still hangs on the Senate side of the complex and the compromise “will not prevent members of the Mississippi House delegation from displaying the state’s flag outside their offices.”