This is about so much more than Mississippi. A journalist could write a story like this one for every state in this country because systemic racism exists in every part of this country.

Mississippi, in this story, isn't the "worst of America." It's just a microcosm of America.
Mississippi's history of racism, Jim Crow, lynching, shamelessly racist leaders and bloody civil rights slayings is well known. It's never been hidden.

But consider this: Which state has the most segregated schools today?

It's New York. Mississippi is 7th—tied with California. Image
Does that mean New York is more racist than Mississippi? Of course not. But it ought to be a reason to approach this topic with some humility if your first impulse is to say, "But of course Mississippi is FAR MORE RACIST than my state."

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