This should have been done decades ago. 

Courtesy of ABC News

The U.S. Marine Corps has issued details on its ban of public depictions of the Confederate battle flag on Marine installations.

The depictions that are banned include clothing, a flag, poster, bumper stickers and mugs.

“The Confederate battle flag has all too often been co-opted by violent extremist and racist groups whose divisive beliefs have no place in our Corps,” a statement from the Marine Corps on Friday read. “Our history as a nation, and events like the violence in Charlottesville in 2017, highlight the divisiveness the use of the Confederate battle flag has had on our society.”

The ban was first announced in February 2020 after Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger ordered all Confederate-related paraphernalia to be removed from Marine Corps installations, according to Task & Purpose. However, it was not clear exactly what the paraphernalia was and the statement issued Friday is the first detailing of that.

Marine Corps Commanders will identify and remove the display of the flag or its depictions within work spaces, common-access areas and public areas on Marine installations, according to a Marine Administrative Message. Work spaces and common-access areas include office buildings, facilities, naval vessels, aircraft, government vehicles, cubicles, break rooms and more.

The ban does not apply to works of art, education materials or historical displays of the Civil War where the flag is present, but not the main focus of the work. State flags that include the Confederate battle flag, like Mississippi, are also not included in the ban.

That’s right Mississippi still proudly incorporates the Confederate flag in their state flag. 

And people wonder why there is still rampant racism in Mississippi. 

Actually, no they don’t.

While I am glad that the Marines are finally joining the 21st Century or even the 20th Century, I am still troubled that it took this much time to finally stop endorsing racism. 

I mean they actually fought against the Confederate Army so you think they would have been a little quicker to ban that defeated military’s flag on their bases. 

I’m just saying.