The Mississippi State Legislature passed a law on Sunday that will remove the Confederate Battle Flag from its state flag. The legislation comes after increasing racial tensions in the country and pressure from groups like the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA. The law sets up a commission to design a new flag for the state to vote on during this year’s general election.
Just like any corporation, the government also benefits from intelligent and aesthetically pleasing design. Logos, stationary, and websites all have professional insignias stamped on them. Over time, however, these designs need updating. That’s the case in Mississippi as they update their flag to rid it of a centuries old symbol of racism and hate.
Art and design contracts with governments exist across the country. Encinitas, California has a contract out for a mosaic. According to GovDirections, “The City is inviting qualified firms or persons to submit Proposals to design, fabricate, and install a mosaic at the Encinitas Boulevard I-5 Undercrossing consisting of a 3’ tall horizontal ribbon of mosaic artwork on each of the four soil nail walls (850 square feet).” Proposals for this contract are due August 5.
At a more technical level, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is looking for a small business to design a kiosk to display the fishing history of Cape Ann in Massachusetts. The design must be at least 10 feet in width, mobile, and interactive with the inclusion of a tablet and/or monitor. Quotes for this opportunity are due by July 9.
Design, whatever it is for, is important beyond just aesthetics. It establishes credibility and legitimizes entities who seek a source of professionalism. Nearly 60 years after the Civil Rights Act, Mississippi has taken another step forward in the rooting out of state-sponsored hate.
About the Author
Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in December 2020. He is most interested in human rights and social equality and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.