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Mississippi, Goddam

26 Nov

On Tuesday, Mississippi voters will go to the polls and choose between Michael Espy, a black man, and Cindy Hyde-Smith, a white woman who said she would welcome an invitation to “a public hanging.”


More African Americans were lynched in Mississippi than in any other state.

Mississippi Lynching
Hyde-Smith said she was just “joking.” NAACP President Derrick Johnson said lynching is no joking matter:

Hyde-Smith’s decision to joke about “hanging,” in a state known for its violent and terroristic history toward African Americans is sick. To envision this brutal and degenerate type of frame during a time when Black people, Jewish People, and immigrants are still being targeted for violence by White nationalists and racists is hateful and hurtful. Any politician seeking to serve as the national voice of the people of Mississippi should know better. Her choice of words serves as an indictment of not only her lack of judgment, but her lack of empathy, and most of all lack of character.

When the votes are counted, the joke may be on the Confederate cap-wearing segregationist.

Cindy Hyde-Smith

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