Mississippi governor proclaims April as 'Confederate Heritage Month'

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has declared April as "Confederate Heritage Month" -- and he's not the only one.

Along with Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Texas will recognize the month. A Georgia lawmaker is attempting to have it official in his state as well. According to the Associated Press, Bryant's proclamation doesn't mention slavery but is similar to ones he's written in the past. Instead, he said "Confederate states began and ended a four-year struggle" in April.

AP reports that Bryant said in a statement, "Mississippi's history deserves study and reflection, no matter how unpleasant or complicated the matter may be." He continued that "gaining insight from our mistakes and successes will help us move forward."

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WASHINGTON, DC- JUNE 21: Confederate flag covers a window of a store in a small town in Georgia. The Confederate flag (aka the Rebel Flag) can be seen in plain view in almost any part of the United States although sightings are more common in the South. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC- JUNE 21: A confederate flag reflected in the window of a gift shop that sells them in Seligman, Arizona. The Confederate flag (aka the Rebel Flag) can be seen in plain view in almost any part of the United States although sightings are more common in the South. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC- JUNE 21: The South has more than its share of public reminders that the area is religious and tends to be conservative. Confederate flags in yards and on vehicles are common sights in the area. This truck was seen in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The Confederate flag (aka the Rebel Flag) can be seen in plain view in almost any part of the United States although sightings are more common in the South. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC- JUNE 21: The entrance to the Redneck Yacht Club in Yulee, Florida.The Confederate flag (aka the Rebel Flag) can be seen in plain view in almost any part of the United States although sightings are more common in the South. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - JUNE, 22: The sun sets on the Confederate flag located at The Confederate Memorial on the grounds of the state capital in Columbia, SC on Monday, June 22, 2015 with the citys Main Street seen in the background. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday that the Confederate flag near the state Capitol should be moved, reversing an earlier position she had held and adding a powerful voice to the growing chorus of calls for the flags removal. (Photo by Brett Flashnick/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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Georgia State Republican Rep. Tommy Benton of Jefferson has received blowback from black lawmakers for his proposal, though apparently state law designates April as "Confederate History and Heritage Month."

Bryant had made the same declaration in 2016. This year, he waited until the last hour to sign the proclamation.

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