Haley Barbour

Time to change Mississippi flag, Steve Earle says in song

Country rockers Steve Earle & The Dukes have released a new song exhorting Mississippi to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag.

The single, "It's Time, Mississippi," went on sale Friday as a fundraiser for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Virginia native Earle sings that he comes from a "long, long line / of a Rebel strain / but the wind has changed."

Old South symbols have been widely debated since the June 17 massacre of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. The man charged in the slayings had previously posed for online photos, holding the Confederate battle flag.

Soon after the...