Creator of mosquito-themed state flag says design was a joke

Posted On: Aug 14, 2020   |   Posted By: My Sanantonio

JACKSON, Miss. - A Mississippi man who submitted a proposal to place a giant mosquito on the new state flag, a design that went viral on social media, said he created it as a joke.
Thomas Rosete, a deckhand on the Yazoo River, told the Clarion Ledger he created the “mosquito flag," which features a giant mosquito surrounded by a circle of stars, to poke fun at a coworker who had been against changing the flag. Working on the river, he said he is very familiar with Mississippi mosquitoes and it felt like a fitting way to represent the state.
“They're everywhere,” he told the Ledger. “They're terrible.”
Mississippi is currently in the process of choosing a new flag. Lawmakers took a historic vote this year to take down the old state flag, which featured the Confederate battle flag, a symbol widely condemned as racist. A nine-member commission will recommend a replacement flag.
Rosete and nearly 3,000 Mississippians have since submitted designs for a new state flag. Some of the designs were more serious...

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