Category Archives: Mississippi

Black Valedictorian In Mississippi Trolled By Racists

Jasmine Shepard, a young African-American woman, has become the target of racist hate after becoming the first black valedictorian at a high school in Cleveland, Mississippi. According to a lawsuit filed by Jasmine’s mom, Sherry Shepard, in June, the problems began when a white student, who she says had a lower grade point average at… Read More »

An ingenious bid to force improvements in Mississippi schools

“I went to these trailers when I was in kindergarten,” says Dorothy Haymer of her six-year-old daughter’s temporary-but-permanent classroom at Webster Elementary school in Yazoo City, Mississippi. Some of the main building’s windows are cracked; the guttering is broken. Ms Haymer says parents are required to donate paper towels and soap for the lavatories. Art… Read More »

MS black caucus: White rep should resign over lynch comment

Black lawmakers in Mississippi are demanding the resignation of a white colleague who said Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments. Republican Rep. Karl Oliver of Winona apologized on Monday for referring to lynching in a Facebook post Saturday. Oliver also removed the post from Facebook, about the time he apologized. On Tuesday,… Read More »

Mississippi lawmaker apologizes for calling for lynching

A Mississippi lawmaker has apologized for saying Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments, only after his comment sparked broad condemnation in both states. “The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of our family and fellow Southern Americans, is both heinous and horrific,” Republican state Rep. Karl Oliver of Winona… Read More »

Study: Mostly African American Inmates Serve Life Sentences in Mississippi

A new study from the Sentencing Project found that inmates serving life or virtual life (50-plus years) sentences in the United States are predominantly and disproportionately African Americans. Mississippi’s prison system is no exception. #More than 72 percent of the 2,413 Mississippi inmates serving life sentences are African American, the study shows. Two-thirds of inmates… Read More »