The controversy over Confederate symbols may soon arrive at the Supreme Court, stemming from a dispute coming from Mississippi.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's attorneys to file arguments by Sept. 28 in defense of the Confederate battle symbol on Mississippi's state flag, according to the Associated Press.
Lower courts have thus far ruled against Carlos Moore, the Mississippi attorney who filed suit over the flag in 2016. Moore argued the flag caused him physical and emotional injuries because its message was "painful, threatening, and offensive" and made him "feel like a second-class citizen," as the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals noted in its ruling against Moore.
Michael Scott, one of Moore's attorneys, told the AP the Supreme Court's request for arguments from Bryant bodes well for the Confederate symbol controversy's chances of ending up at the high court.
"While this does not mean that the Supreme Court will take the case, it shows that they are giving serious consideration to the petition," Scott told the AP. "We are very pleased by this development and remain hopeful that the Supreme Court will agree that the equal protection issues we have raised are worthy of the court's time."