A Mississippi attorney who filed a lawsuit against the state’s governor, demanding the removal of the state’s Confederate flag, has hired around the clock security for his family and staff.
“There have been threats within and without the state to my life, so we have reported those to the FBI, local officials and the Department of Justice,” said attorney Carlos Moore, according to the Jackson Free Press.
Moore filed a lawsuit against Gov. Phil Bryant, alleging in his complaint that the Confederate battle flag emblem was designed with a “racial discriminatory purpose to subjugate African Americans to second-class status.”
“The case law that is related to 13th Amendment says that any badge, incident, relic or vestige of slavery is unconstitutional, so we’re asking the court to find that our state flag with the Confederate emblem is a badge or a relic of slavery that needs to be ruled unconstitutional,” Moore told the Jackson Free Press.
Moore went on to say he doesn’t believe a new generation of young African-Americans should be raised under a racist flag.
In a development in the case on Tuesday, a judge ordered Moore to stop making “false or misleading public statements,” GulfLive reports.
U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, who is African-American, pointed to comments Moore made at a flag rally, suggesting that Reeves would rule on Moore’s behalf because they’re both African-American. Moore has also reportedly told people that if the flag is ruled unconstitutional, that could lead to reparations.