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Arkansas House votes to keep Confederate link in state flag

March 21, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas House panel on Wednesday rejected for a second time a proposal to change the meaning of a star on the state’s flag that represents the Confederacy, despite an endorsement from the Republican governor.

The proposal was not to change the design of Arkansas’ flag, but to remove language that describes a blue star above Arkansas’ name on the flag as representing the Confederate States of America. Instead, that star would represent the United States of America and a blue star currently representing the U.S. would represent American Indian nations.

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has endorsed the change, calling it the right thing to do. Democratic Rep. Charles Blake, the bill’s sponsor, said he hasn’t ruled out bringing up the proposal again and said it’s also possible a similar proposal could be filed in the Senate.