Cindy Hyde-Smith yard signs


Okay, that’s not quite fair, because the GOP Senate candidate didn’t put them up. But it’s probably safe to say whoever did supports her and not the black man running against her. And Hyde-Smith does like hangings; she said so herself. Read story here.

There was a time when Mississippi’s white voters enthusiastically approved of politicians like her: Racist, defending white supremacy, gushing nostalgic over the state’s Confederate “heritage.” And back then, blacks couldn’t vote or attend white schools, and whites who tried to register black voters got murdered along with blacks who demanded equal rights. It gave Mississippi a horrid black eye.

Maybe Mississippi has changed, maybe it hasn’t. The murderers of Emmett Till, Medgar Evers, and the civil rights workers are mostly dead now, which is a good place for them to be. It’s time for Mississippi to bury its Jim Crow past and move forward into the 21st century. Doing so would bring the state respect, jobs, and a brighter future.

But maybe Mississippi voters aren’t ready for that yet. We’ll find out tomorrow.

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