First of all, kudos to the land of lasts. Mississippi just ratified the 13th Amendment, which abolishes slavery.
Really? The local utility doesn’t buy that excuse for a late payment.
And for folks who wonder about Ronald- “takers and moochers”- Reagan's connection to this state; he announced his Presidential campaign in Mississippi? Why? Did he support rock bottom educational levels? Or did he mean to convey tacit messages about his beliefs and priorities?
By the way, more will be written about A Place at the Table, a new documentary about the pervasive problem of hunger in our country. This crisis was solved in the 1970’s but has returned in geometric proportions. When one of the co-directors of the film was asked the reason for the resurgence of hunger, she replied: In one word, Reagan.
This column doesn’t personally understand the deification of the man. But back to topic. Many, many murders have occurred in Mississippi from Emmett Till to the three civil rights workers in the early 1960’s. Medgar Evers. There are far too numerous victims to name.
Many died alone and forgotten. Often, their killers were freed by juries or select members of local law enforcement.
So many tortured ghosts from slavery and its aftermath through present day haunt this state.
But currently, in 2013, we are mourning the death of Marco McMillian who was running for Mayor in his hometown.
This is not to say that a gay, black man would not have been murdered in another state, even today. A person of interest is in custody and perhaps there are other motives.
But this is Mississippi.
(Note a suspect has been arrested and charged with murder. Details and motive are unknown. The specifics of this case may add to but not change the bloody history and racism of this state.)