Don't reply to a story of mine about Mississippi racism with, "Well, it IS Mississippi, so..."
I don't report these stories so smug Californians/Michiganders et al., can hop on a high horse & look down on the Blackest state. I do it to make MS better.
Try that in your state.
Cause I promise y'all's states all have racism too—all 49 of them. Mississippi is just a mirror for the rest of America, but lots of folks like to pretend it's a window to some separate land. It isn't.
Honestly, the soft bigotry of low expectations is just plain old bigotry. And it's damaging.
And when directed at Mississippi? It's racist. Bc the people hurt by it are the almost 4 in 10 Mississippians who are Black that get written out of the story in favor of white racists.
“We’re not at the peak—not by a longshot,” Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said as the state set a new daily record. “The hospitals are full...It’s going to overflow, & we’re pretty much there...We’re not just making this up. It’s real.” mississippifreepress.org/7166/its-going…
“One of the things that’s really helped about the mask mandates is churches and businesses feel like they have the authority to do it, and when we take the mask mandate away, they feel powerless," said Dr. Dobbs.
The idea that it would be appropriate for Biden to signal that he wants Trump prosecuted, but that it's ok for him to signal that he wants the DOJ not to prosecute Trump so we can "move on" is a fallacy.
Both are undue political influence on DOJ even if one is far more sinister.
It also insults the idea of equal justice.
If presidents can't be prosecuted for crimes while in office (but their aides can be prosecuted for crimes a president ordered them to commit)...
And then can't be prosecuted after they leave bc the next president wants to "move on..."
NEW: The University of Mississippi is investigating the group of whistleblowers who helped us break the story about racist emails between former journalism dean Will Norton and a wealthy donor who referred to Black women students as "Black hookers." 1/ mississippifreepress.org/7134/um-probes…
As UM investigates the #UMemails whistleblowers, ex-journalism dean Will Norton, who resigned in May when a public records request brought the racist emails to light, continues to earn almost $20,000 a month—even though is not teaching classes. 3/ mississippifreepress.org/7134/um-probes…
When the Mississippi governor asks for “Patriotic Education" to combat "indoctrination in far-left socialist teachings that emphasize America’s shortcomings" (slavery), that isn't about seizing the means of production. It's about the Lost Cause. mississippifreepress.org/7085/gov-reeve…
NEW: MAIS, a top a private school org, is defending its schools' refusal to comply with lawful orders to report data on classroom COVID-19 cases and outbreaks among their "customers" (meaning students) to the Mississippi State Department of Health. mississippifreepress.org/7085/gov-reeve…
Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs: “We are seeing a lot of private and independent schools not reporting their numbers. They need to do it, and it is a public-health order, and they are going against the legal mandate to report." mississippifreepress.org/7085/gov-reeve…
MAIS on private school refusal to report COVID data: “(Private schools) aren't agents of the state. They are small businesses that happen to be in the business of teaching children. The best they can do is report what customers report to them.” mississippifreepress.org/7085/gov-reeve…
Hillary Clinton said we owed Trump "an open mind and a chance to lead" after he spent his a campaign calling to "lock her up" and for "the 2nd Amendment people" to stop her from appointing judges.
He had also promised to claim her victory, if she won, was rigged.
Hillary Clinton's quick concession, even when millions of votes remained to be counted (in a much closer election—77,000 votes in three states) and in which she would win the popular vote by 3 million, was still met with claims that she was a sore loser.
THREAD: Someone dared @ me saying to "get rid of" our pit bulls (Dorothy & Dru, below) because they "kill children."
Let's set the record straight. The idea that pitbulls are some sort of superpredator dog breed is a myth.
And it's a myth borne from anti-Black racism racism. 1/
"When people talk about pit bulls, they often reveal their opinions on class and race issues while 'using the dogs as proxies,' Bronwen Dickey said. Recent pit history, she argues in her book, is partly a story about racism & cultural stereotypes." 2/ fusion.tv/story/302877/p…
In the early 20th century & through the 1960s, pitbulls had a reputation as a loving, all American dog.
Teddy Roosevelt had pit bulls in the White House.
Helen Keller had a beloved pitbull.
The most famous dog in the country was Petey on the Little Rascals—a pit bull. 3/
Here's what one DeSoto County teacher said in a July plea: “I beg those who are in decision making positions to please take more time. Death is final and in this case even preventable if schools (implement) virtual or distancing learning for the fall..." mississippifreepress.org/7026/first-gra…
Statewide, another 65 Mississippi public schools went virtual amid widespread outbreaks.
COVID-19 cases among students doubled to more than 1,000 for the week, and cases among teachers rose above 500.
“Be careful, because there’s nowhere for you to go if you have a car wreck,” Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said, pointing to the fact that hospitals across the state are running out of beds. mississippifreepress.org/7014/after-big…
Dr. Thomas Dobbs. “I’m just going to be straight up with y’all. It is really bad. Our hospitals are full, we’re overloaded, our caseload is unbelievable. If you have any vulnerability, you really need to stay home, not go to church, not be socializing." mississippifreepress.org/7014/after-big…
"You're a faggot & a traitor to Mississippi. I would not mind if you deep throated a revolver and repainted the wall with your own brains, but you probably oppose the 2nd amendment in addition to The Mississippi State Flag."
Welcome to the inbox of a gay Mississippi journalist.
I do love my state too much to let it stay stuck in the past—and definitely too much to let creatures like this person have more power & say over our state's government than the 38% of this state that is Black, or the LGBT people of this state... 2/
"A director recommended his son-in-law for a management position that reported to him. When a person on the hiring committee pointed out that some might fear retaliation when coming with a complaint against his son-in-law, the director became enraged." 2/ mississippifreepress.org/6973/um-closel…
When is the last time a newspaper dedicated its letters page to Black women who vote Democratic?
Or to trans people marginalized by Trump's policies?
Or to people at risk of losing heath coverage?
Or to the homeless?
Or to prisoners of victimless crimes?
Honestly, if you want to understand white Trump voters, Black organizers and leaders in the South oftentimes understand them better than they understand themselves, because Black southerners have HAD to understand how whiteness thinks.
THREAD: For the past few days, there's been a lot of talk (& reporting by me) about Republicans in Mississippi talking like the Dixiecrats who once ran MS (Rep. Price Wallace wanting to "succeed from the Union").
BUT: They aren't the only Republicans in the Legislature. 1/
There are Republicans in the Mississippi Legislature who aren't left wingers by any means, but if given the chance to lead, would point the party toward a more inclusive future focused on solving problems, not winning & maintaining power with divisiveness & demagoguery. 2/
That includes Republicans who have worked to champion pro-LGBT legislation, like a bill to add LGBT people to Mississippi's hate crime laws.
It includes Republicans with strong pro-public education stances.
These are not Republicans who try to imitate Trump or focus on him. 3/
Rep. Price Wallace's declaration that Mississippi needs to "succeed from the union" comes less than a week after Mississippians' voted to replace a flag that symbolized the last time we tried to *secede from the union with a new one. mississippifreepress.org/6731/mississip…
Top Mississippi Republican officials, on the other hand, have mostly remained silent about President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' victory. mississippifreepress.org/6813/top-missi…
Republican Mississippi House Rep. Kent McCarty: “I would hope that ALL of us, regardless of party, can acknowledge the historical significance of the daughter of immigrants becoming the VP of the United States. ... I’m not sure why that’s controversial." mississippifreepress.org/6813/top-missi…