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"One Mississippi" replaces a state song with racist roots

Mississippi has dropped a song for the state that was inspired by the campaign tune of a former governor, who promised to preserve segregation.

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"One Mississippi" replaces a state song with racist roots

Republican Tate Reeves, the current governor, signed Thursday a bill to replace "Go, Mississippi," with a new song called, "One Mississippi" -- two years after Mississippi had retired its Confederate-themed state Flag.

"Go Mississippi" uses the tune but not the lyrics from a 1959 campaign song by Democratic Gov. Ross Barnett. "Roll With Ross." contained the lyrics "For segregation 100%." He is not moderate like some of the gentlemen.

Barnett resisted the integration of the University of Mississippi in 1962, but he failed to succeed. In 1962, Barnett unsuccessfully resisted the integration of the University of Mississippi. You can't go wrong, Mississippi.

For the 2017 Mississippi bicentennial celebration, country music singer/songwriter Steve Azar composed the new state song.

"One Mississippi” is a play on hide-and-seek (One Mississippi...two Mississippi...three Mississippi ...).). This song features familiar imagery, such as magnolia trees and hurricanes, as well as kudzu.

A committee was also created by the new law to suggest that legislators add state songs later. Tennessee is one of the states that has multiple official songs.

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