OPINION: Bring Mississippi Into the 21st Century—Overturn Its Jim Crow-era Voting Laws When it comes to voting, there is no denying a simple fact about Mississippi: our state has refused to eliminate antiquated laws that disproportionately silence Black and young voters.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Chapter Ahead of Motherhood, Meeting My Co-workers, Learning How Journalism Works "Life happens in stages, it seems. I'm a reader, so I tend to think of it in terms of chapters, or maybe even books in a series."
OPINION: Like Hard-Packed Soil, The Danger of Being Right "Hard-packed soil does not grow flowers in the spring, nor any other kind of plant in any other season. If I am convinced that I am Right (with a capital R; on either side of any one of those many ...
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Jackson’s Water Crisis, What Would Ditto Do? While Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann often presents himself, rightly, as the Mississippi GOP's adult in the room, his reaction to Jackson's water woes this week leaves a bad taste.
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Celebrating the Best, Pandemic Style We published our first ever Best of Jackson issue in January 2003, right after we'd launched the Jackson Free Press in the fall of 2002. Nearly two decades later, a lot has changed in Jackson.
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Big Changes for Jackson Free Press in January 2021 Along with changes on the national level, I've got several changes to report on the local JFP front, effective with this issue.
OPINION: Making Government Surveillance Great Again in America’s ‘Radical City’ "Virtual policing means that 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, an all-seeing eye will be fixed on Jackson's majority poor and working-class residents."
OPINION: Mississippi’s Republican Cats Up Trump’s Authoritarian Tree One of Mississippi’s senators and three of its congressmen chose to jump on the Trump bandwagon, objecting last week to final certification of the Biden-Harris presidential victory.
EDITOR'S NOTE: My COVID-19 Story; Appreciate the Good, But Don’t Be Complacent Well, it happened. Despite my continued caution, I ended up contracting COVID-19 the week before Christmas.
OPINION: Early Childhood; Best Investment for Community, Business Strength As we near the end of an incredibly tumultuous and unpredictable year, I've thought a lot about what really matters and what kind of Mississippi I want to live in.
OPINION: Janet Yellen and Kamala Harris Keep Shattering Glass Ceilings—Yet Global Elite Boys Club Remains Janet Yellen may soon become the first woman to lead the Treasury Department—about six years after shattering another glass ceiling at the top of the Federal Reserve. She’s not alone in breaking down barriers in President-elect Joe Biden’s proposed new ...
OPINION: Ask People with Memory Loss about Past Holidays to Help Them Recall Happy Times "Many people love the holidays because they are a time to make happy memories with loved ones. But what if you could do something to help restore memories in some of the people you love? Using a process called reminiscence ...
EDITOR'S NOTE: Rest Well, Gov. Winter. We Will Keep Your Fire Burning. "Through the life of this newspaper and my adult years back in Mississippi, Gov. Winter and Mr. Meredith have been living history who have connected the past and present for me in the best possible way."
OPINION: Governor’s ‘Patriotic Education Fund’ to ‘Fight Revisionist History’ is a Trojan Horse "Gov. Reeves is merely parroting the president's belief that there is a vast, 'far-left fascism' working behind the scenes in our schools to bring down America by corrupting its youth. That is how firmly wedded our governor is to Trumpism. ...
EDITOR'S NOTE: Truth and Journalism on the Front Lines of COVID-19 Tate Reeves is nothing if not a partisan first and foremost, as his choices to please Donald Trump by withholding sufficient COVID-19 safety regs have shown us all in the most horrendous way possible.
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Gov. Reeves, Denial Ain’t a River in Mississippi "Gov. Tate Reeves has done precisely the wrong things to quell this virus. He could have led his party and supporters in Mississippi instead of sheepishly kowtowing to the extremists."
OPINION: Black Women Have Shown Us The Way; We Must Keep Feet on The Gas "With strong progressive Black female political figures such as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and Stacey Abrams leading the way, Black women are poised to take this new decade by storm."
OPINION: A Premature Christmas, What Many of Us Need This Year Humans have an innate desire to feel good, to feel joy, to feel love, to feel cherished, to feel sheltered. Those are just a few things that the Christmas season represents. So, I say, Merry Christmas everybody!
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Joy and Pain of Fighting for U.S. Democracy Donald Trump is just one man. The real threat is the terrifying number of Americans who dote on him no matter what he does. His supporters are often described as a cult, and it's hard to disagree with that much ...
OPINION: Where the Real Blood Money Lies in Fight Against Initiative 65 "The truth is that the real blood money in the marijuana fight comes from political contributions from large pharmaceutical companies, ones that have a vested interest in limiting the ability of physicians to prescribe alternatives to their priciest medications."
OPINION: The Man Behind Mississippi’s Failing ‘Moocher’ Economy Mississippi's economy is sinking. We are among the worst in about everything, and we are dependent on money from taxpayers in other states. Gov. Tate Reeves is responsible for the crisis by obediently following the economic dogmas of Arthur Laffer.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Learning to Roar in Mississippi from Anne, Hazel and Fannie Lou Mississippi has long had women warriors who don't flinch at attempts to make them shut our little mouths, who stare back, who write scathing columns, who get the hell beaten out of them in jail cells without editing one word ...
OPINION: What Will Election Day Look Like in Mississippi on Nov. 3? Prepare Now Absentee voting is underway now. Because state law prohibits most Mississippians from voting early or by mail, long lines at crowded polling places are likely on Election Day. It didn't have to be this way.
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: A Mask Mandate is Support for Small Business We've heard it over and over again. Masks are the best defense against the spread of the virus. They're about helping other people as much as about helping yourself, especially cloth and non-medical masks.
OPINION: The Case for Medicinal Marijuana in Mississippi "To my surprise, former Gov. Phil Bryant is boldly making false claims about Initiative 65, on the ballot in November to legalize medical marijuana in Mississippi if it passes. I must refute Governor Phil's ill-advised campaign to stop the sale ...
EDITOR'S NOTE: As You Vote, Recall the Blackjacks Hitting Mrs. Hamer’s Back "(Fannie Lou Hamer) came up in a Mississippi where white leaders, including former Confederate generals immortalized as heroes, had worked diligently in the years before her birth to make sure that Black people could not enjoy the fruits of emancipation."
OPINION: Mayor Lumumba’s Support of Police State, Incarceration Not In Dispute "Despite many promises and assertions that alternatives to policing are needed, the mayor continues to tout his record of providing JPD with more surveillance gadgets, weaponry, more officers and fleets of new vehicles."
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? ...