Tag: Mississippi

Mississippi to Vote on Changing Jim Crow Era Voting Law

Photo: Rory Doyle (Getty Images) Voting laws in this country are generally crafted to favor white people at the expense of everyone else. Whether it’s gerrymandering districts to the point where a court has to step in or closing down polling stations in predominantly Black areas, it’s sadly not uncommon to see the Black vote […]

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Mississippi Election Commissioner Complains That “Blacks” Are Registering to Vote

Photo: Other (Shutterstock) An election commissioner in Mississippi claims her intent wasn’t to be racist despite posting on Facebook that she was concerned because “the Blacks” are having lots of voter registration events. Advertisement According to a report from the Clarion Ledger, Jones County election commissioner Gail Harrison Welch is now pushing back at people […]

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My Life Under Mississippi’s Racist Flag

The onslaught began the day I was born. As my mother made her way to the hospital, hundreds of Confederate flags lined the streets. It was Confederate Memorial Day, 1966, exactly 100 years since the holiday was first celebrated, and the celebrations that day were particularly fervent in the aftermath of recent advances in the […]

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John T. Edge, A White Gatekeeper of Southern Food, Faces Calls to Resign

For years, people have been calling for John T. Edge to step down as head of the influential Southern Foodways Alliance. They say he is a kingmaker. They say he is a white man — however charming — who has too much power over who tells the story of food in a region where so […]

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Mississippi Will Finally Remove the Confederate Symbol From Its State Flag

AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Mississippi no longer has a state flag, after lawmakers voted Sunday to remove the Confederate symbol, making it the final state in the U.S. to do so. Moments after the vote, an employee at the state capital lowered […]

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Mississippi Lawmakers Vote to Retire State Flag Rooted in the Confederacy

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi lawmakers voted on Sunday to bring down, once and for all, the state flag dominated by the Confederate battle emblem that has flown for 126 years, adding a punctuation point to years of efforts to take down Confederate symbols across the South. The flag, the only state banner left in the […]

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Mississippi Governor Grudgingly Says He’ll Sign a Bill to Change the State’s Confederate Flag

Photo: Patrick T. Fallon (Getty Images) Lawmakers in Mississippi responded to increased pressure over the state’s distasteful flag—which boasts the battle emblem of the treasonous, slavery loving Confederacy—by passing a measure this weekend which opens up a legislative path for the flag to be changed. Advertisement On Saturday, two-thirds of the Mississippi House voted for […]

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Mississippi Lawmakers Push Ahead With Proposal to Take Down State Flag

JACKSON, Miss. — A flag stamped with a defiant tribute to Mississippi’s Confederate past has been raised on the grounds of the State Capitol for well over a century. It flew when the Civil War was not yet distant history and when segregation was fiercely enforced by law. Through the fight for civil rights and […]

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How College Sports Spurred Mississippi to Seriously Reconsider Its Flag

It was just before 9 a.m. last Friday when Philip Gunn, the speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, received a phone call from a lobbyist for Mississippi State University. The National Collegiate Athletic Association, the lobbyist said, might soon take a punitive stand against the state flag, the last in the nation with the […]

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Mississippi Man Charged With Threatening to Kill Congressman

A Mississippi man was charged in connection with a phone call threatening to kill a United States representative and his staffers, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday. The man, Newton Wade Townsend, 52, of Brandon, Miss., was charged on Tuesday with threatening a public official. Court records, which only identify the congressman by the initials B.T., […]

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Walmart to No Longer Display Mississippi State Flag in Stores

Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) It’s kind of sad when Walmart is quicker to stop doing something that’s blatantly messed up before the actual government. The company has a tradition of flying the local state flag in front of its stores. That tradition will be suspended in the state of Mississippi. Advertisement CNN reports that […]

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As Symbols of the Confederacy Fall, Activists Say Mississippi’s Flag Should Be Next

ATLANTA — Five years ago, in the wake of the horrific massacre of black parishioners by a white supremacist at a South Carolina church, the University of Mississippi lowered the state flag for the last time on campus as Confederate symbols were being brought down across the South. The chancellor then said the state’s emblem, […]

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N.C.A.A. Pressures Mississippi on Confederate Emblem on State Flag

ATLANTA — The National Collegiate Athletic Association effectively warned Mississippi on Friday that it would not hold major competitions there unless the Confederate battle emblem was stripped from the state flag. Under an expanded policy that the association announced Friday, states will not be allowed to host championship events if the battle flag is a […]

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SEC Warns Mississippi Over Confederate Emblem on State Flag

ATLANTA — The Southeastern Conference on Thursday demanded that Mississippi remove the Confederate battle emblem from its state flag, linking one of the region’s greatest passions — college sports — with one of its most intractable debates. Greg Sankey, the league’s commissioner, said in a statement that it was “past time for change to be […]

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Mississippi Lawmakers Are Drafting Legislation to Remove Confederate Symbol From State Flag

The Mississippi State FlagPhoto: Shutterstock Inexplicably, the Confederate symbol still flies in Mississippi as a part of its state flag. Despite having the largest black percentage of black people of any state, Mississippi still sees fit to fly one of the most notorious symbols of white supremacy. There is hope that nationwide momentum for the […]

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A Flag for All in Mississippi

OXFORD, Miss. — I’m a proud Mississippian, and our state’s poet laureate, but I don’t fly the state flag. Neither do my friends and neighbors, white or black (I’m white). The reason is simple: Mississippi, which has the country’s highest percentage of black residents, is the last state in the nation to have a flag […]

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A Small Mississippi Town, ‘Asking for a Breath’ After Mayor’s Remarks Unleash Protests

PETAL, Miss. — In what has become a morning routine, Lorraine Bates walks the seven-tenths of a mile to City Hall from her house in Petal, Miss. In the first days of demonstrations, she joined some 200 other protesters, many of them white, chanting and waving “Black Lives Matter” posters. But there were also times […]

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Confederate Statue Debate Is Reignited by George Floyd Protests

As protests against racism and police violence spread across the nation, demonstrators in at least six cities focused their anger on symbols of the Confederacy, seizing the opportunity to mar statues and monuments that have ignited debate for years. Many of the monuments were vandalized with spray paint; protesters tried to topple others from their […]

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He Says Trumps Cost Him $2 Million, but Hotelier Now Cheers Federal Assist

When President Trump was campaigning in 2016, his company announced a new line of bespoke hotels that would be built with partners across the country. But two years into his presidency, the Trump Organization shelved the brand and dropped the only partner, a Mississippi family business that one member says lost about $2 million in […]

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When Cadaver Dogs Pick Up a Scent, Archaeologists Find Where to Dig

On a sunny summer day in Croatia several years ago, an archaeologist and two dog handlers watched as two dogs, one after another, slowly worked their way across the rocky top of a wind-scoured ridge overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Bodies had lain in beehive-shape tombs on this necropolis, part of the prehistoric hill fort of […]

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Mutant Liberalism

“In times such as these, you always have experts who believe that they know best for everybody. You have some folks who think that government ought to take over everything in times of crisis—that they, as government officials, know better than individual citizens.” These were the sentiments of Republican Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves when a […]

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Mississippi Teacher Delivers Meals To Students Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

A Mississippi-based educator is on a mission to address food insecurity among his students amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to People, Jaleel King—who teaches at Goodman-Pickens Elementary School—delivers meals to his students in between instructing online courses. King’s effort is a part of a larger initiative being led by the Holmes County Consolidated School District. […]

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Brett Favre to Repay $1.1 Million for Speeches He Didn’t Make, Auditor Says

The Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre will repay the state of Mississippi $1.1 million in speaking fees for appearances that he has never made, money that should have gone to needy families but was misspent by public officials, the state auditor said on Wednesday. The auditor, Shad White, said that his office had received […]

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Money for Welfare Instead Funded Concerts, Lobbyists and Football Games, Audit Finds

ATLANTA — The state of Mississippi allowed tens of millions of dollars in federal anti-poverty funds to be used in ways that did little or nothing to help the poor, with two nonprofit groups instead using the money on lobbyists, football tickets, religious concerts and fitness programs for state lawmakers, according to a scathing audit […]

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Jason Mitchell’s Rep Calls His Drugs And Weapons Arrest A ‘Misunderstanding’

Source: Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. / Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. Actor Jason Mitchell was arrested on felony drugs and weapons charges on Wednesday in Mississippi and now his representatives are speaking out. A rep told TMZ, “Jason is at home with his family right now, working on an amazing new project. News stories move fast […]

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Jason Mitchell Reportedly Arrested on Felony Weapon and Drug Charges in Mississippi

Jason Mitchell speaks during a screening and Q&A for ‘The Chi’ on Day 1 of the SCAD aTVfest 2018 on February 1, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images for SCAD aTVfest 2018) Jason Mitchell has entangled himself in some mess again. According to online records obtained by TMZ, Mitchell (The Chi, Straight […]

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At Least 1 Dead as Severe Weather Sweeps Through the South

At least one person died after severe weather brought hail and storms through Alabama and other Southern states on Sunday and Monday, the second consecutive weekend that dangerous storms swept through the region. In Alabama, where there was significant damage from wind and hail, the authorities said there was one fatality attributed to the storm. […]

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The Huge Cost of Waiting to Contain the Pandemic

During disease outbreaks, epidemiologists agonize about the timing and extent of interventions like social distancing to slow the spread. Their instincts are almost always to move sooner rather than later, because preventing new infections as early as possible can disrupt chains of transmission and save many lives. Our experience with Covid-19 makes that clear. Projected […]

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Jay-Z And Meek Mill Donate Surgical Masks To Prisons Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Jay-Z and Meek Mill have continually used their platforms to spread awareness about criminal justice reform. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hip-hop greats are on a mission to stop the spread of the virus within correctional facilities, Billboard reported. Through the REFORM Alliance—an organization the two founded along with other criminal justice […]

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Weeks After Attending Haircutting Competition, Mississippi Barber Dies From COVID-19

Photo: Shutterstock The family of a beloved Mississippi barber who recently passed away from COVID-19 is making a plea to anyone who will listen: Stay at home. Advertisement Eugene Thompson, owner of Taper Nation barbershop and barber academy in Brookhaven, Miss., died Saturday in a Jackson hospital two weeks after testing positive for the novel […]

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Mississippi State Football Coach Must Visit Civil Rights Museum After Noose Tweet

The first-year football coach at Mississippi State University has been reprimanded and must visit a civil rights museum after he recently shared a meme on Twitter of a woman knitting a noose, the university’s athletic director said this week. The coach, Mike Leach, 59, who has since apologized for the post, also must participate in […]

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