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The University of Southern Mississippi has become the second university in the state, following the University of Mississippi, to stop flying the state flag. Many people are urging the state to remove a Confederate flag from one corner of the state flag.

Rodney D. Bennett, president of the university, issued this statement: "I have chosen to raise American flags on all University of Southern Mississippi flagpoles to remind the university community of what unites us. We have all chosen to work, study and live in a country in which debates like those around the state flag of Mississippi can take place and ideas can be civilly expressed and advanced. While I love the state of Mississippi, there is passionate disagreement about the current state flag on our campuses and in our communities. I am looking forward to a time when this debate is resolved and USM raises a state flag that unites us."

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