Category Archives: Race in Mississippi

A Chance to be 49th

Mississippi doesn’t embrace many chances to avoid winning last place, but here’s an easy one: we’re one of the last two states to recognize “Confederate Memorial Day.” Alabama is the other one. Regardless of what one feels about our state … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Pop Culture, Race in Mississippi | 27 Comments

Surprise

I have tests to write and papers to grade, and I can’t think about anything except what happened yesterday. I had always believed that if you can’t convince other people you’re right, you may as well be wrong–which makes it … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Race in Mississippi | 25 Comments

Mississippi Gets in Its Own Way Again

You can find enclaves of hate in any ZIP code. But when a church gets burned in Mississippi, which is what happened in Greenville earlier this week, it has to be national news because Mississippi has not dealt fully with … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Race in Mississippi | 27 Comments

Making things obvious

Donald Trump faces strident criticism from those who believe he has not distanced himself far enough from Neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups. If he won’t allow a single Muslim to immigrate to America because he fears terrorism, then how can … Continue reading

Posted in Pop Culture, Race in Mississippi | 22 Comments

I Really Hate to Say It. . .

. . .but I told you so: our state legislators lack the courage to decide the state flag issue for themselves. Even Phil Gunn, a Republican who led the charge to change the flag after last year’s massacre in a … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Race in Mississippi | 15 Comments

Finally: the news gets juicy

No, I’m not talking about Sara Palin’s endorsement of The Don. However, there are loads of stories relevant to our mission here. We’ll deal with two right away. This morning, The Atlantic recapped a Vanderbilt University study of low minority … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Pop Culture, Race in Mississippi, Social Media | 16 Comments

Welcome to 2016

Greetings, 2016 bloggueurs! You’ll find that the website is changing a bit this semester. All posts should be made on the front page. Course-specific pages will now be dedicated to class announcements, syllabi, and other materials that won’t merit commentary. … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Race in Mississippi | 1 Comment

Outside Agitators

Fifty years ago, the phrase “outside agitators” referred to people from other parts of the country who had come to the South to fight the good fight—to register African Americans to vote, to facilitate the desegregation of schools, to help … Continue reading

Posted in Race in Mississippi | Leave a comment

Meandering Post on the Defacing of James Meredith’s Statue

Early Sunday morning, while the rest of Mississippi was getting over Saturday night or getting ready for church, two men defaced a statue. They weren’t just men. They were white men. The statue wasn’t just a statue, and its location … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Race in Mississippi | Leave a comment