The following speech by U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves -- Mississippi's second African American federal judge -- has been shared widely since it was read in his courtroom?on February 10. The occasion was a sentencing hearing for the perpetrators of a modern-day lynching: the brutal murder of James Craig...
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, former Gov. Haley Barbour, and Rev. Keith Tonkel were on their best behavior at Operation Shoestring's "Conversation About Community." In doing so, they missed an opportunity for the frank public discussion that Jackson's problems deserve.
In the mid-1990s, Mississippi's highway signs admonished passing drivers: "Only Positive Mississippi Spoken Here." The slogan still dictates how Mississippi addresses its tough issues: instead of confronting our negatives, we change the subject to our positives.
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