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Lawyer: Mississippi flag sends message of 'white supremacy'

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 file photo, a state flag of Mississippi is unfurled by Sons of Confederate Veterans and other groups on the grounds of the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss. A long-running feud over the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is moving onto a new legal battlefield. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday, March 7, 2017, over reviving a 2016 lawsuit filed by an African-American attorney, Carlos Moore. He contends the flag is “state-sanctioned hate speech.” (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 file photo, a state flag of Mississippi is unfurled by Sons of Confederate Veterans and other groups on the grounds of the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss. A long-running feud over the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is moving onto a new legal battlefield. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday, March 7, 2017, over reviving a 2016 lawsuit filed by an African-American attorney, Carlos Moore. He contends the flag is “state-sanctioned hate speech.” (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)  (The Associated Press)

A lawyer for a man who objects to Mississippi's flag says the Confederate-themed banner sends a message of "white supremacy."

The comments by Michael Scott came during a federal appeals court hearing Tuesday on a long-running feud over the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag.

An African-American attorney, Carlos Moore, contends the flag is "state-sanctioned hate speech." His lawsuit says it sends a message that black residents are second-class citizens.

A federal judge dismissed Moore's complaint in September, saying he lacked legal standing to sue.

During Tuesday's hearing before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Moore's attorney insisted he has standing to pursue the case and attorneys for the state argued that he doesn't

Mississippi's governor says if anyone reconsiders the flag, it should be the voters.