EDITOR'S NOTE: Jackson’s Need for a Collaborative ‘Growth Mindset’ "On vexing community issues like violence, we can find and embrace solutions that are evidence-tested in other cities and that make a hell of a lot of sense for Jackson if we bother to get off the mental treadmill."
OPINION: Ugly Mississippi Prison Conditions Need Humanitarian Reforms The era of mass incarceration involves both prison overcrowding and the nature of private prisons, a controversy to which the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman has also been linked.
OPINION: Pelicia Hall and the Political Emptiness of 'Black Girl Magic' Many believe "Black Girl Magic" improves on the silences in "black power" and is validly wielded against patriarchy. Columnist Adofo Minka argues that a closer look reveals it is an idea that serves those who seek to rule above society.
OPINION: Southern Evangelical: Trump 'Fits the Scriptural Definition of a Fool' "I can find very little in Trump's deeds as president that promote the message of the Gospel. I am afraid this hypocrisy will set the Evangelical movement back by decades."
OPINION: Probation for Profit; Little More Than a Scam Profiting off probation has become big business in Mississippi, and it is costing us all in ways we don't even realize.
OPINION: D.J. Durkin as UM Football Coach Reduces Life of Jordan McNair D.J. Durkin's hiring raises important questions for the sport of college football: Are there any consequences for elite, white men in positions of power? And just how low are we willing to stoop to help them redeem themselves?
DOSSIER: Shame on WLBT for Dishonoring Past with Empty Crime Rhetoric WLBT, the NBC affiliate of the Atlanta-based Gray Television, climbed fully on board with U.S. Attorney Hurst's false rhetoric that Jackson leaders and other locals are somehow "denying" gun violence in the capital city.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A Series of Very Fortunate Events; My First JFP-iversary "Today marks a year since I began working for the Jackson Free Press. Much has happened since I meekly walked through that door. Before I get into that, though, allow me to tell you my 'JFP story.'"
OPINION: Educator; What About Us? Who Will Help the Helpers? "I am one of four daughters who descends from a very long line of ancestral educators. They instilled in me that education is the rudiment to a forward-thinking life of exploration, self-discovery and financial stability."
OPINION: 'Chaos or Community'? Citizens Co-conspirators in Broken Criminal System "Mississippi leaders have historically created and encouraged incarceration as an intentional pathway for a segment of Mississippi's society, disproportionately the African American community."
OPINION: Jackson Policing Betrays Poor and Working-class Black People Before rushing to volunteer to be Jackson's political classes' attack dog against racist insult, we should be mindful of Zora Neale Hurston's oft reminder: "all my skin folks ain't my kinfolk."
OPINION: Beloved Rep John Lewis: ‘Son, Your Generation Must Speak Up’ Just days before we close out another decade in American history, civil-rights icon Congressman John Lewis announced on Sunday, Dec. 29, that he has been diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer and will be undergoing treatment.
DOSSIER: Chuck Todd’s ‘Naive’ Screw-up Is Warning for Mississippi Reporting, Too If you were caught up in the spirit of the holiday, as I was on Christmas Eve, you might have missed one of the most disturbing interviews ever with a national journalist that Rolling Stone posted around midnight. In the ...
OPINION: From Memory Holes to 'Alternative Facts,' George Orwell's '1984' Has Endured Few novels have stood the test of time like "1984" by George Orwell. Since its publication in 1949, many of the ideas and terms in the novel have come into common use, including Big Brother, Thought Police, thoughtcrime, doublethink and ...
OPINION: Soul Work Required for Resolutions to Stick People make promises to themselves that they won't keep. "Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right," Oprah Winfrey said once. This year, choose you.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Be Clear; Trump (and Clinton) Caused Own Impeachment "Impeachment is hell for a the country—but the reasons impeachment proceedings begin are very serious. They are the kinds of violations of public trust than set dangerous precedents for the future."
DOSSIER: Mississippi Secrets Revealed, from 'Ole Miss' to RFK to Charles Overby "Most people in Mississippi who do not agree with the radical-conservative, racist status quo have always been afraid to speak publicly about it—certainly at least the white ones."
OPINION: 'Faith' Is Inadequate, and Dangerous, Cover for Racism "Racists, segregationists and anti-miscegenists can now back up their mere (and at least occasionally unstudied) religious opinion with the word of the law: they've got a right, so long as a religion (of whatever kind) is involved."
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Engagement, Solutions, Race Equity and IPAs "As we go into 2020, I think two things could help downtown Jackson become more vibrant. First, interest and awareness in downtown need to be curated. Second, we as citizens and patrons need to participate in those events and make ...
OPINION: UM Rhodes Scholar: Moving Confederate Statue Sets Example for World The opportunity to study at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar is a great accomplishment; however, December brings a much bigger opportunity for our beloved university and our great state of Mississippi. If we take advantage of it, ...
OPINION: Racial Fantasy in Mississippi Politics: ‘Threading the Needle’ Ignores Reality The future of Mississippi's Democratic Party depends upon its willingness to embrace a platform that premises its politics upon shared economic and racial injustice, rather than trying to thread a needle through imagined racial differences.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Meet the Mississippi Free Press, Focused on Causes and Solutions The need for a new moral and cultural compass is why I and my co-founder Kimberly Griffin are announcing a new media project today called the Mississippi Free Press, which, like my newspaper, is named in homage to a Civil ...
OPINION: Colliding Toward Vienna; Strange, Random Kindness Amid a Merry Romp Columnist Richard Coupe had a merry romp, and kind help from a connected Austrian, to get to Vienna on time.
OPINION: Mississippi Not a ‘Lost Cause’; Build and Fight "I chose to make my home here 23 years ago. Mississippi has broken my heart on many more than one occasion. So, I hope everyone who worked hard will take the time to regroup and repair."
OPINION: Even More Thankful This Year With Cancer in Remission "We shouldn't limit being thankful to the last Thursday in November, especially in America."
DOSSIER: Shanda Yates' Win in Mississippi Inspires Voters, Teaches Lessons If the last week has proved anything, it's that people in the U.S., in Mississippi and especially in the Jackson metropolitan area are excited about a political newcomer, Shanda Yates, defeating a long-time incumbent for the District 64 seat in ...
OPINION: Caution; Numbers in Presidential Polls Don't Count, Yet President Donald Trump's approval ratings are in the basement, and he could be impeached. But with about a year to go until Election Day 2020, it's too early to write off the tweeter-in-chief.
OPINION: Kentucky, Virginia and Louisiana Voted for Change; Mississippi Still Has Work to Do "While the rest of the country is erupting in action by using the power of the vote to elect more progressive officials, it seems apathy has gripped a large portion of Mississippi."
DOSSIER: From Bashing 'Boys of Spring' to Unpacking a Mississippi-Brexit Love Affair "TV networks may live and die on ratings and people screaming opinions at each other from two "sides," but our democracy really can't take much more of this kind of dangerous political gamesmanship."
OPINION: Women in Mississippi—So Strong and So Tough "Over the 25 years that we have lived in Mississippi, we have taken quite a ribbing. Whenever we told them of our children's successes, they always scoffed and said 'but it's Mississippi' as if that lessened the accomplishment."