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.
OPINION: COVID-19 Recovery Plan Needs Bipartisan Oversight, Lessons from Katrina Mississippi is at a crossroads on our recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Our Legislature must be involved to ensure more balanced priorities and better financial accountability in the use of Mississippi’s CARES Act funds.
OPINION: Mayor Lumumba Attempts to Disarm ‘Our People’ in Jackson, Literally and Figuratively "During his tenure as mayor, Lumumba has presided over police killing and maiming of black toilers and has strengthened police’s capacity to brutalize and subjugate."
OPINION: Face It, White America: Mississippi Is Not Exceptional on Racism Delineating Mississippi as an exceptional site of racism and hatred the (Confederate) flag represents remains a common rhetorical gesture with an extensive cultural history.
EDITOR'S NOTE: ‘Essential’ Truths: Gov. Reeves Is Failing Many Mississippians There is no such thing as a 'nonessential' Mississippian." When I saw Gov. Tate Reeves' tweet that on April 23, I stared at my screen. As a native Mississippian, I know that our leaders don't feel that way about every ...
MABUS: Moral Failure: The Incredible Cruelty of Refusing to Expand Medicaid COVID-19 is far more deadly in minority, poor and rural communities, and some of that disparity was avoidable. By failing to expand Medicaid, states like Mississippi left millions with no access to quality and affordable health care.
OPINION: Teenagers, It’s OK to Feel Hurt By What We’ve Lost to COVID-19 "Too often, adults undermine and discredit the hurt feelings of my age group simply because we haven’t lived long enough or worked hard enough to afford to feel the way that we do."
EDITOR'S NOTE: Gov. Tate Reeves Has Failed the COVID-19 Leadership Test Tate Reeves’ leadership logic says it’s OK to endanger people’s lives to keep churches and guns stores open using a constitutional excuse, but then ignore constitutional precedent on a procedure Mississippi women have the legal right to choose.
OPINION: Abortion is Essential, Especially Now During COVID-19 Crisis In a disingenuous move, politicians in Mississippi and several other southern states have sought to classify abortion as “non-essential,” attempting to make access difficult if not impossible.
OPINION: Governor, Rescind ‘Confederate Heritage’ Proclamation, Focus on Racial Healing As many Mississippians are faced with the coronavirus in every county but two as of today, the Mississippi Sons of Confederate Veterans released a proclamation signed by Gov. Tates naming April as "Confederate Heritage Month”
OPINION: Suspending Housing Costs is a Moral and Economic Imperative University of Mississippi sociology professor and columnist James M. Thomas writes that Gov. Tate Reeves should do far more to help allay housing costs as workers are forced to stay home to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A Silver Lining to the COVID-19 Crisis "Be present in your feelings right now and take time to look within and unpack when you’re ready. It’s perfectly OK to slow down and not give into the perpetual pressure of always working to be better."