Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi’

Are victims falling through America’s hate crime data gap?

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013


(CNN) – Two hit-and-run deaths in rural Mississippi just a few miles apart highlight a disturbing problem about data collection on possible hate crimes.

Last summer, 61-year-old African-American Sunday school teacher Johnny Lee Butts was hit and killed by an 18-year-old white driver. The teen told Panola County Sheriff deputies he thought he hit a deer but the driver's two passengers said he steered straight for Butts. One passenger said he could see that Butts was black. The killing has sparked outrage in the local African-American community. Civil rights groups have demanded that police prosecute Butts' killing as a hate crime.

Nonetheless, prosecutors chose not to.

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Mississippi man pleads guilty to hate crimes charge

Saturday, January 5th, 2013


(CNN) – A Mississippi man pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal hate crime charge in connection with a group of young men and teenagers who carried out racial attacks against African-Americans in 2011.

Joseph Dominick, 21, from Brandon, entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Mississippi, to one count of conspiracy to commit federal hate crimes.

Dominick and others began in the spring of 2011 to harass and assault black people in Jackson and the surrounding area, according to the FBI.

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Community outraged after African American couple prevented from marrying at church

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012


(WLBT) Hundreds gathered Monday evening in Crystal Springs, Mississippi to show their support for an African American couple who was prevented from being married at a predominately white church.  The City of Crystal Springs organized the rally to send a message of unity.

First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs pastor Rev. Stan Weatherford and New Zion United Methodist Church pastor Rev. Fitzgerald Lovett embraced while hundreds in the city held hands in prayer.

The community came together to show their love during a unity rally after Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson were prevented from marrying at First Baptist.   People of different races and religions prayed for healing.

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March aims to draw attention to slaying of black Mississippi man

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

(Los Angeles Times) More than 500 people, including clergymen, elected officials and mothers pushing strollers, gathered here Sunday to denounce the killing of an African American auto plant employee in what authorities say was a racially motivated hate crime.

The slaying of James C. Anderson initially attracted little notice outside the immediate area, but since a security camera recording of the June 26 incident was broadcast nationally last week, the case has drawn coast-to-coast attention.

Anderson, 49, was beaten and run over in the parking lot of a motel. Prosecutors say the 5 a.m. attack was committed by a group of white teenagers from nearby Brandon, Miss. Two 18-year-olds have been charged in the case. Deryl Dedmon, the alleged driver of the green pickup that ran over Anderson, is charged with murder and remains jailed; bond was set at $800,000. John A. Rice, originally charged with murder, now faces a charge of simple assault. He was freed on $5,000 bail.

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Potential Republican presidential candidate tries to revise history on African American civil rights

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

(Wall Street Journal) Haley Barbour, the governor of Mississippi and a potential Republican presidential candidate, said Tuesday that he didn’t condone the Citizens’ Councils known for opposing racial integration in the Deep South decades ago, softening remarks he made in a recent magazine interview.

Mr. Barbour released a written statement augmenting remarks that he had made in The Weekly Standard published Monday. When asked why his hometown had avoided the violence that accompanied public-school integration in other locales, Mr. Barbour had spoken well of the Citizens’ Council in Yazoo City.

“You heard of the Citizens’ Councils?” Mr. Barbour said in the magazine interview. “Up north they think it was like the KKK. Where I come from it was an organization of town leaders. In Yazoo City they passed a resolution that said anybody who started a chapter of the Klan would get their ass run out of town.”

Liberal critics, many historians and some Republicans said Mr. Barbour’s characterization ignored the intent of the Citizens’ Councils. First organized in Mississippi Delta communities, the councils were made up of local business leaders who opposed integration by exerting economic pressure on black workers.

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Mississippi Gov Haley Barbour tries to re-write history of racial integration in the South. #africanamerican #civilrights

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

(Washington Post) Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who may seek the Republican nomination for president, is trying to sell the biggest load of revisionist nonsense about race, politics and the South that I’ve ever heard. Ever.

He has the gall to try to portray Southern Republicans as having been enlightened supporters of the civil rights movement all along. I can’t decide whether this exercise in rewriting history should be described as cynical or sinister. Whichever it is, the record has to be set straight.

In a recent interview with Human Events, a conservative magazine and Web site, Barbour gave his version of how the South, once a Democratic stronghold, became a Republican bastion. The 62-year-old Barbour claimed that it was “my generation” that led the switch: “my generation, who went to integrated schools. I went to integrated college — never thought twice about it.” The “old Democrats” fought integration tooth and nail, Barbour said, but “by my time, people realized that was the past, it was indefensible, it wasn’t gonna be that way anymore. And so the people who really changed the South from Democrat to Republican was a different generation from those who fought integration.”

Not a word of this is true.

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