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AFRICANGLOBE - “I feel like it escalated from them allowing kids to bring Confederate flags” to school, said a concerned mother from the area. Mississippi is the only state in the U.S. to feature the Confederate flag on its state flag. The boy’s mother was cautioned against filing a police report by a deputy after the incident, because one of her son’s attackers has a father who was once a police officer. Sheriff Boggs denied this, but did say that he told her that filing criminal charges may turn the student body against her son.
AFRICANGLOBE - As we empathize with the poor overseas, let us not forget places like Mississippi, where Blacks are struggling against daunting barriers here in the U.S. Life is tough in Mississippi, and poverty is extreme. The flight of (white) wealth from the capital city is evident. Employment opportunities and investments in Jackson are severely limited. Downtown Jackson only has a few businesses but, like many Black communities, it has an over-abundance of churches.
AFRICANGLOBE - Benjamin Montgomery was born into slavery in 1819 in Loudoun County, Va. He was sold to Joseph E. Davis, a Mississippi planter. Davis was the older brother of Jefferson Davis, who would later serve as the President of the Confederate States of America.
AFRICANGLOBE - Federal, state and local authorities are investigating the hanging death of a Black man in Mississippi who had been missing for more than two weeks, the FBI said Thursday.
AFRICANGLOBE - On June 26, 2011, Deryl Dedmon, Jr., John Aaron Rice and Dylan Wade Butler drove into Jackson, Mississippi — which they referred to as “Jafrica” — to “go f*ck with some n*ggers.” They came across Anderson, a 49-year-old auto plant worker, and assaulted him while yelling “white power.” While Anderson was on the ground, Dedmon ran him over with his truck.
AFRICANGLOBE - James Craig Anderson sang tenor in the choir at the First Hyde Park Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi. He’d worked at a car plant near Jackson for seven years, and he enjoyed gardening in his free time.
AFRICANGLOBE - This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a movement to open the polls to Blacks in Mississippi and end White supremacy in the state.
AFRICANGLOBE - Fifty years after the Freedom Summer, Black voters in Mississippi are expected to face challenges once again when they go to vote in the Republican Senate runoff between six-term incumbent Thad Cochran and Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel. In a state with perhaps the most complex and ugliest history of racism in the union, one that has become a symbol of all that is wrong and backwards with the United States, African Americans still have to worry when they show up to vote Tuesday, but it’s much more complicated this time.
I am an 84-year-old angry Black man. The justice system worked as it is designed to do. The system exonerated a White man who admitted killing a Black boy. The Justice Department will not bring an action in this case. Just because the man who heads it is Black does not mean he runs it. DOJ is a system that runs the same no matter who is at the top.
AFRICANGLOBE - Trayvon Martin, an African-American killed in an attack seen by many as racially motivated, is just the latest name in a sad roll call. These gruesome hate crimes dating to the ’50s also stirred widespread shock and fury.
AFRICANGLOBE - Almost six decades after White supremacists savagely murdered Emmett Till in 1955, new details and insights are emerging in one of Mississippi’s most infamous hate crimes. Professor Davis Houck said that African-American press coverage recorded in books has historically included..
AFRICANGLOBE - Ah Mississippi. It seems like only last week we were discussing Mississippi having just outlawed slavery 148 years late, and being the last state on the list to pass the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. And then, what do you know – a Black gay man who was running for mayor of a Mississippi town, Marco McMillian, is found brutally murdered, but the suspect, Lawrence Reed, says he had to do it because..
AFRICANGLOBE - In a major step forward, Mississippi banned slavery this week. This type of definite legislative action is ostensibly the type of thing to be excited about in an era of unprecedented political foot-dragging, so congratulations Mississippi for finally ratifying the Thirteenth Amendment.
AFRICANGLOBE - A federal grand jury in Mississippi met recently to consider more hate-crime charges in the death of a Black man who was beaten and ran over by a group white teenager.
The prosecutor investigating the beating and run-over of a black man in Jackson, Mississippi, announced he has upgraded the charge against suspect Deryl Dedmon from murder to capital murder. This makes the white 19-year-old suspect eligible for a possible death sentence
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