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5 states OK measures eradicating racist language, symbols

Election 2020 Race on the Ballot
Posted at 8:37 AM, Nov 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-08 08:37:07-05

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Months of discussions about racial justice are being followed by change at the ballot box.

Voters in five states decided to cleanse the public sphere of words and symbols that, to many, were painful reminders of the nation's history of slavery and the systematic oppression of Black people.

Alabama, Nevada, and Utah will remove sections from their constitutions dealing with slavery or racial oppression.

Rhode Island changed its official name to remove the word "plantations."

Mississippi approved a new state flag without a Confederate symbol. Below is a photo of the Magnolia State's new flag.

Election 2020 Race on the Ballot
FILE - This Sept. 2, 2020, file photo shows the magnolia centered banner chosen by the Mississippi State Flag Commission displayed outside the Old State Capitol Museum in downtown Jackson, Miss. Voters approved the design in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. It replaces a Confederate-themed flag state lawmakers retired in late June as part of the national reckoning over racial injustice. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Experts say the votes are likely linked to changing attitudes following the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.