|New Arkansas State flag|
Governor Asa Hutchinson announced today that he has issued an executive order that calls for the immediate replacement of the Arkansas State flag.
Hutchinson stated the reason for the change is "people in other states might confuse our old flag with the confederate flag and Arkansans traveling through other states might be subject to harassment and violence due to recent events".
Hutchinson pointed out that the old Arkansas flag was based on the confederate battle flag and even former governor Bill Clinton back in 1987 signed Act 116 that stated that the blue star above the word Arkansas is to commemorate the Confederate States of America.
Hutchinson said that "the time for Arkansans to move on is now" and that "we need to show that we are not always racist hillbillies". When asked about gay marriage, the state police rushed Hutchinson away.
Hutchinson did not provide details about how the new flag was designed, but did say that he looks nice when photographed in front of it.