Category Archives: Mississippi

S.C. lawmaker: Remove rebel emblem from Mississippi flag

A South Carolina lawmaker is joining other black leaders in calling for Mississippi to change the last state flag that includes the Confederate battle emblem. Democratic Rep. Justin Bamberg spoke Tuesday to more than 200 people at a change-the-flag rally outside the Mississippi Capitol — an event organized by attorneys suing Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant… Read More »

The race problem in Mississippi daycares

At a child care center in Clinton, children spend their days in colorful classrooms, supervised by qualified lead teachers, all of whom have college degrees. During outdoor time, the children can run up and down a grassy hill, explore a sensory herb garden, or play on a playground that cost roughly $180,000 to build. About… Read More »

Ben Carson’s New Chairman Has a Racist Past

Ben Carson’s campaign somewhat quietly appointed a longtime Republican operative with a penchant for segregationist policies as their Mississippi chairman. Yes, you read that correctly. The Carson campaign statement about the hire touted Pickering’s 1976 call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Roe v. Wade, something that Carson himself has publicly supported. It did not… Read More »

Top lawmaker: Remove Confederate sign from Mississippi flag

A top Mississippi lawmaker said Monday that the Confederate battle emblem is offensive and needs to be removed from the state flag. House Speaker Philip Gunn became the first top-tier Republican to call for a change in the flag, which has had the Confederate symbol in the upper left corner since Reconstruction. “We must always… Read More »

Justice Dept: Hanged Mississippi man not homicide

The Justice Department closed its investigation into the hanging death of a 54-year-old African American man in Mississippi, concluding that there is “no evidence” to pursue criminal civil rights charges. Otis Byrd was found March 19, hanging from a tree in Port Gibson, Miss., prompting the federal inquiry into a possible hate crime. (USA Today)… Read More »

Barbour: Miss. needs ‘salt-and-pepper’ party diversity

Mississippi and the nation would be better served with more racial diversity within the Democratic and Republican parties, former Gov. Haley Barbour said Tuesday at one of the state’s historically black universities. “We do not need a white party versus a black one. We need two salt-and-pepper parties,” Barbour, who was Republican National Committee chairman… Read More »