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."
OPINION: Amid COVID-19 Crisis, U.S. Must Heal All the Wounds that Got Us Here As the U.S. reels from the effects of COVID-19, we are faced with a stark reality: We were desperately and woefully unprepared for a crisis.
MABUS: Gov. Reeves Must Immediately Invoke Statewide Shelter-in-Place Order COVID19 is not a hoax. It doesn’t care if you are a Democrat or Republican or if you live in China or Italy or Mississippi.
EDITORIAL: Gov. Reeves Needs to Take ‘Essential’ Seriously for COVID-19 Social Distancing What (Gov. Tate) Reeves still has not done, is follow the lead of states near and far by truly ordering only essential businesses and services to remain open. What Reeves did instead this past Tuesday has been a bona fide ...
OPINION: Message from a COVID-19 Reporter: We Need Patience, Discipline, Fortitude Jackson Free Press reporter Nick Judin, who is reporting the seriousness of the growing coronavirus epidemic, warns to not take this moment in history for granted.
OPINION: Black People: Vote Like Our Lives Depend on It "It doesn't require well-rehearsed promises and clever slogans to increase African American voting. The reality is the unfortunate truth that we should vote because our lives depend on it."
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Flatten The Curve, Think Local in Wake of COVID-19 The Jackson Free Press team has done its damnedest to bring you the latest news on COVID-19 as it breaks here in the Jackson and throughout the state, as well as vital safety information.
EDITOR'S LETTER: Keep Calm, Stay Safe and Flatten the Curve "Flattening the curve" matters. We can all help limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in our own communities by social distancing, avoiding groups and staying home as much as possible. Do it.
OPINION: Sycophantic Dem Establishment Aligning Against Bernie Sanders University of Mississippi professor Joe Atkins, a Bernie Sanders supporter, argues that the Democratic "establishment" is working against the Vermont senator's chance at the presidency.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Challenges of a Baby-Faced Editor "Instead of burdening myself with unnecessary, self-imposed concerns that weigh me down, I have come to better realize that I should have more confidence in myself and more faith in others."
OPINION: Stop Talking About Corruption: The Nature of Ethnic Patronage Politics "Corruption implies dishonesty, sleaze and fraud. Historically, such corruption has taken the form of kickbacks and favoritism to supporters of electoral campaigns. ... Is Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba's regime thus 'corrupt?'"
OPINION: Reckoning the Right Leader for Jackson State University "I have no interest in being considered as the next president at Jackson State, but I do have some constructive suggestions and formative recommendations for the Jacksonians who will hopefully be ... actively engaged in selecting the next leader."
OPINION: Trump Presidency Shows 'Whiteness' Protects 'Whiteness' at All Costs "What we are witnessing now is the rise and solidification of an authoritarian president in the U.S. who has no respect for the fundamental values that the American Constitution holds dear."
OPINION: Hindsight 2020: Jackson Flooding and 40 years of Failed Solutions "The flooding of the Pearl River in early 2020 has led to high water moving into neighborhoods and businesses, while many simultaneously want a 'flood control' plan for Jackson. These calls have risen and fallen since the 1979 Easter Flood ...
OPINION: Exceptional White Men, It’s Time for a Reckoning Donald J. Trump's impeachment acquittal was a victory for white male mediocrity. The majority of the 69 white men in the U.S. Senate, engaged in a succession of choices that left in place a man, whom few beyond his base ...
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Mr. Mayor, Don’t Let ‘One Lake’ Be Your ‘Siemens’ "The mayor is clearly trying to express support for the people who are experiencing flooding this week. But this isn't (just) about sturgeon, Mr. Mayor. And I sincerely encourage you not to make the One Lake project your 'Siemens.'"
OPINION: Black Mothers Harmed Most by Withheld, Missing TANF Funds For the past several years, Mississippi has been ground zero for a growing crisis as thousands of its low-income residents, primarily single, black mothers, were being turned away from a government benefit intended to help them make ends meet.
OPINION: Democrats, Leverage Our Blessings, Move Toward Unity and Activism "Our duty is clear. We must endeavor to leverage the blessings we enjoy into the noblest of all pursuits: we must make a better world together. The Democratic Party is one of the principal means of leveraging the whole of ...
OPINION: Mississippi Needs Equal Employment Opportunity for All "If equal employment opportunity for all was the law of the state, Mississippi workers could rest assured they could work to make a living for themselves and their families without facing discrimination and unfair barriers because of who they are."
OPINION: The Black Vote Is Not For Sale "As we approach the 2020 election, we must ensure issues affecting our communities and our livelihoods are brought to the table and that we have a real voice in moving this country forward. Our vote provides the foundational basis for ...
OPINION: Prison Reform and the State: The Impending Confrontation The prison-reform rallies held at the Mississippi Capitol on Jan. 24 and Feb. 1, 2020, at the Governor's Mansion are evidence that dubious government-approved rallies don't just happen in "communist" countries.
OPINION: Hinds County Mississippi Defies ADA, and Wins "Instead of complying with ADA and living our motto of being "The Hospitality State," Hinds County fights tooth and nail every step of the way and, by doing so, reinforces the stereotype of Mississippi as openly defiant of human-rights law. ...
EDITOR'S NOTE: In Love, Life and Work, Do the Right Thing and Wait "The word 'power is often misused. It's not about money or controlling everything. To me, showing unconditional love for a partner, a city, a state or a nation through the toughest times is the most powerful one can be. And ...
OPINION: The W Pushes Back on Gov. Reeves' Attack on Gender Studies Mississippi University for Women President Nora Roberts Miller publicly challenged Gov. Tate Reeves’ criticism of gender studies in his State of the State address. "Gender studies and other areas of study that aim to build a more diverse and inclusive ...
OPINION: I Quit the Republican Party! I Will Now Work Against GOP, Trump "The Republican Party is now under the complete control of our new national dictator, Donald J. Trump. In the most horrifying display of self-abasement ever seen in the proud history of our country, the United States Senate has proven itself ...