Category Archives: Mississippi

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 »

Black people in a Mississippi county are ‘under a permanent state of siege,’ according to an ACLU lawsuit

It was 7 a.m. last June when six sheriff’s deputies stormed into the Manning family home in Canton, Miss., according to a new lawsuit. They demanded that the Mannings sign witness statements for a crime in their neighborhood they claimed not to have seen. When Khadafy Manning, 35, refused, deputies allegedly handcuffed, choked and beat… Read More »

It’s Time to Start Talking About Equity in MS Education

Legislative Republicans gave themselves pats on the back this session for funding the School Recognition Program, which rewards teachers primarily in “A” and “B” schools around the state with salary supplements. The program totals more than $20 million in funds from the Mississippi Department of Education’s budget. #The program caused an outcry among lawmakers in… Read More »

Court Won’t Revive Suit Over Confederate-Themed State Flag

A federal appeals court has blocked an African-American attorney’s effort to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi state flag. He says he’ll take the case to the Supreme Court. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday that it would not revive a lawsuit rejected by a lower court. Carlos Moore filed… Read More »

NAACP: Noose Put Around Neck of Black Student in MS

The president of the Mississippi NAACP is demanding a federal hate crime investigation after the parents of a black high school student said as many as four white students put a noose around their son’s neck at school. “No child should be walking down the hall or in a locker room and be accosted with… Read More »

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 »