Arkansas Lawmaker Moves to Replace Confederate Designation on State Flag with Honor for Native Americans
There are four blue stars on the Arkansas state flag, and each one is given a special meaning in the state’s Constitution. But it is the star above "ARKANSAS" that has drawn increased scrutiny -- it represents that the Natural State joined the Confederate States of America. AR state House Minority Leader Charles Blake (D)introduced a bill on Friday that would not alter the flag’s design, but instead drop the Confederate designation of the star by amending the language in Arkansas’ Constitution to represent the contributions of the Quapaw, Osage, and Caddo -- the tribes that first inhabited the area. “This is a great opportunity to honor our history ... Change is uncomfortable, change is difficult for a lot of people," Blake said after receiving pushback from Republican members. "But if we don't have those conversations, we'll be stuck in a place where change never happens." The three stars below "ARKANSAS" represent the three nations to which Arkansas has belonged (Spain, France, and the U.S.); the Louisiana Purchase; and that Arkansas was the third U.S. state (after Louisiana and Missouri) formed from the Louisiana Purchase. More here.