Mississippi has long paid a price for the state’s history of racial intolerance. To the rest of the world, our state is far too often considered as little more than a sad chapter in the story of the nation’s long march toward civil rights and equality for all.
However, because of the courage and commitment of business, community, religious, education and political leaders across the state, Mississippi is writing a new chapter.
Just last week, citizens of Philadelphia — black, white and Choctaw — came together to denounce the 1964 murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner in Neshoba County, as well as apologize and press for a new investigation and prosecution of those responsible for this great tragedy.
We have made great strides in our state, but hard work remains if we ever wish to realize the tremendous potential of Mississippi.
So, it is inspiring to see Mississippians coming together to confront the sins of our dark past and to move forward on punishing those among us who are culpable. It is in the best interest of the state to heed the call to action in Neshoba County, along with other cases such as the 1955 death of Emmett Till.
Not only do we owe justice to the memory of the victims and their families, we owe it to ourselves as good and decent Mississippians.