OPINION: We Must Vote Like Our Lives Depend On It—Because They Do "I don't understand why people would even consider the thought of not voting, but I believe it's a very dangerous train of thought for anyone to perpetuate."
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: The Secret to JFP’s Longevity? You Just Don’t Quit The truth is, running a media company is always tough when your primary goal is to tell the truth—and not just please or appease the powerful.
EDITOR'S NOTE: No More ‘Lynching Logic’ to Excuse Brutality Against Black People "The most common excuse we hear is (Jacob) Blake was wanted for a sexual-assault warrant. So, all of us should be outraged enough to think it was just fine for an officer to shoot the father repeatedly in the back? ...
OPINION: How Much is a Human Life Worth? Every day the media report the number of new infections and deaths attributed to COVID-19, and many debate the closing or opening of schools, businesses and places of worship.
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Gov. Reeves, Stop the Insanity Gov. Reeves knew the threat to Mississippi hospitals when he implemented one of the most liberal reopening plans of any U.S. state in late May. As with Florida and Texas, Mississippi has paid for its governor's lack of clarity and ...
EDITOR'S NOTE: Rage and Grace Amid COVID-19 In Mississippi, will it take bodies piled up on North State Street outside of UMMC before we all stand hand-in-hand, unafraid to collectively unite and govern ourselves?
OPINION: John Lewis, Charles Evers, C.T. Vivian: Fighters and Heroes for their People It is with distinct sadness and difficulty that I write this column in memory of Congressman John Lewis, Mayor Charles Evers and Rev. C.T. Vivian. It's hard to condense my thoughts about these three icons into a short column, but ...
OPINION: John Robert Lewis, ‘A Soul Giant’ Who Touched Mississippi and Me "One of the best ways to remember John (Lewis) is to look and listen to the young voices who are speaking out today for human and civil rights. John often spoke to young people of all races and nationalities and ...
EDITOR'S NOTE: Life in the Shadows of Neshoba County’s Confederate Statue As a Neshoba County kid, I grew up in the shadows of the Confederate statue that loomed in front of the courthouse.
OPINION: Blackness and Whiteness, To Whom the Story of America Concerns James Baldwin said "the story of the in America is the story of America. It is not a pretty story." This ugly, brutal, and festering story is the truth that Black Americans are born into and that Black Americans wake ...
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tate Reeves Needs to Stop Making Excuses, Start Leading "Gov. Tate Reeves is spinning. He is grasping at any straw he thinks can divert attention away from his abysmal leadership during the COVID-19 crisis in Mississippi."
EDITOR'S NOTE: Stop Glamorizing the Cruelty of Racist Ancestors "The Legislature put up this flag as a stated symbol of white supremacy in 1894 as all those hideous soldier statues were popping up with their sappy remembrances, and it can take this putridly racist flag down in 2020."
OPINION: What Side Are You On? Racism Is Dividing Nation Along Line of Morality "This election year will force America to choose between two very different ideas. What side are you on? Yes, America, there are two sides. We have arrived at the inevitable clash of different ideas and visions for the future of ...
OPINION: Mississippi Flag Representing Chattel Slavery Must Go Now "We are currently in a season of change; the winds of change are blowing away old ways of thinking and old symbols of white supremacy."
OPINION: I’m Out of the Political Closet After 30 Years of Hiding My Beliefs "I'm a white senior woman living in the Deep South. I’m also a Democrat. My closest family members and a few friends are aware of this, and a few of my Facebook friends may suspect, but I hope this is ...
OPINION: Mississippi Community Leaders Support Removal of the Mississippi State Flag "In Mississippi, the state flag is the most visible symbol of white supremacy. For many black Mississippians, the flag is traumatizing because it is a constant reminder of oppression."
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: The Stennis Flag Is the Best Choice Now for Mississippi This spring and early summer have been heavy and filled with circumstances that one could not imagine only six months ago. COVID-19 is decimating our communities, and we endured another triad of black bodies killed because they were existing while ...
OPINION: No ‘Free Kills’ Unless We Are Black in Jackson "The mayor claims to be against police murder. The “no free kills” banner Lumumba surrogates recently rallied under obfuscates that no real costs are meted out when the Jackson police kill Black people."
OPINION: What Is Wrong with America Is Us White People This word is for white people. I will start with my own identity: I am a white, heterosexual, 43-year-old man from Mississippi. There is a crisis of belief among what has felt like the vast majority of our white sisters ...
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Safety Net ‘Designed to Fail’ in Good Times Failing Big Now It's telling that, as part of his executive orders during this crisis, Gov. Tate Reeves suspended several rules regarding application for and receipt of unemployment benefits. Why did they exist?
OPINION: Mississippians Can’t Breathe if Gov. Tate Reeves Keeps Validating Symbols of Hate Columnist Duvalier Malone writes that Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves news to immediately take down all symbols of hate, including the state flag, so Mississippi can begin the process of racial healing and reconciliation.
OPINION: Enough. Remove Symbol of Confederacy from the Mississippi Flag Now. The state flag of Mississippi needs to have the symbol of the Confederacy removed today. Not after a vote, not after three months of deliberation, not after a committee does a study. Today.
OPINION: From Curfew to SWAT Team, Mayor Lumumba’s Police State Expanding Suggesting he is against the governor’s hasty reopening of the economy and in response to the COVID-19 virus, while jabbering about “science and data,” the mayor says “we” don’t have the luxury of “a wait-and-see approach.”
EDITOR'S NOTE: Dear Dr. Dobbs, Mississippi Needs Precise COVID-19 Data It’s often been a slog to get good and relevant information about the spread of the coronavirus that isn’t either confusing or incomplete, or what we get may combine apples and oranges.
OPINION: Watson’s Voting Views: Dressing Jim Crow Up in New Clothes "In the shadow of Mississippi’s incredibly fraught history with voting, (Mississippi Secretary of State Michael) Watson rails against the bogeyman of potential voter fraud with the clear intent to keep minorities from voting."
OPINION: Mayor Lumumba Remains Silent on Predatory Culture of Jackson Police Recently, at a press conference Mayor Chokwe Lumumba said that none of the “outside agitators” who opposed the disarming of Jackson’s overwhelming black population cared enough about the issue of innocent children’s lives being taken to say their names.
OPINION: Virologist on Vital COVID-19 Safety Changes, from Toothbrushes to Nose-Picking Dr. Cedric O. Buckley, a virologist working with Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba, warns that the way we usually store our toothbrushes could result in COVID-19 infection.
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: We’re All Living in Tate Reeves’ Pottery Barn Now As Gov. Tate Reeves learned this past week, the most powerful public office in Mississippi isn't actually that of governor.
OPINION: Sick and Tired: What It Feels Like to Be Black in America Columnist Duvalier Malone writes that well-intentioned white people must “step outside the bubble of your white privilege” to make a real difference for black Americans’ equality and safety.
OPINION: In 50 Years from Gibbs-Green Deaths to Ahmaud Arbery Killing, White Supremacy Still Lives Informed by the modern civil rights and Black Power movements, Jackson State University students organized in the 1960s to protest persistent white supremacy in the state and on their campus. Those demonstrations began annually in earnest in 1964.