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TODD SMITH — Americans feel misunderstood by the media

Tensions inside American newsrooms have emerged amid the recent protests over the killing of George Floyd while in police custody, including clashes between reporters and editors and concerns about newsroom diversity. While a recent study shows Blacks give high marks to the news media’s coverage of the protests, a national survey conducted before the protests found deep divides between racial and ethnic groups in feelings ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Bryant set stage for faith to supplant battle flag

The Mississippi Legislature plowed new ground last week when members heroically voted to banish the Confederate battle flag from the state flag, uprooting a long-time symbolic vestige of our segregationist past. The unexpected success resulted from a rare convergence of liberal, conservative, business, and religious groups who provided resources, strategic messaging, and influencers to get the job done. Think about ...

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TODD SMITH — Mississippi breaks shackles from its racist past by changing the state flag

Mississippi has broken the shackles from its racist past by removing the state flag and its outdated confederate battle symbol that has weighed the state down for far too long, costing the state far too much. In the wake of defiant voices and common sense from major businesses, the sports world, music stars and the public, and with the backdrop ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Reflections on flag vote

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. Lao Tzu The story of how Mississippi came to change the state flag is a classic case of paradigm shift. In his book, “Paradigms: The Business of Discovering the Future,” Joel Barker defines a paradigm as, “a framework of rules within which problems are solved.” It ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Mandate masks to avoid another lock-down and school closures

Back in the day you could tell the bad guys by the masks they wore. How ironic that these days it seems to be the other way around. Those not wearing masks are becoming the bad guys. Back then the masked guys were outlaws. Maybe it’s time for today’s unmasked to be called outlaws too.  Time and again Gov. Tate ...

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Hosemann to back Seal Flag

The below is attributable to Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann: “I rise before you today to discuss the flag of our State. This discussion is not prompted by fear of loss of economic development, although virtually every economic developer in our State has indicated opportunities and employment of our citizens will be adversely affected.  Further, it is not prompted by the ...

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Singing River Health System and Ochsner Health sign strategic partnership agreement

Singing River Health System and Ochsner Health have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement to expand access to high-quality, cost effective care in the communities the organizations serve. “We have worked with Ochsner on a number of successful clinical and operational initiatives, and this strengthened partnership is a natural next step,” said Singing River Health System CEO, Lee Bond. “We have ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Trump administration issues executive order barring issuance of new foreign work visas

On Monday, President Trump signed a Proclamation suspending the issuance of new employment-based visas in an effort to limit the entry of immigrants into the country. The ban restricts the issuance of certain H-1B, H-2B, J trainee, and L intracompany visas. The Proclamation suspends entry into the U.S. by certain H-1B, H-2B, J and L visa-holders, as well as those ...

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TODD SMITH — Associated Press to capitalize ‘Black,’ Merriam-Webster redefines ‘racism’

The Associated Press is changing its style to capitalize Black when referring to it in a racial, ethnic or cultural way — a move newsrooms across the United States have made in recent weeks. And Merriam-Webster is revising its definition of racism after a Missouri woman’s emails claimed it fell short of including the systemic oppression of certain groups of ...

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Business, educational and religious groups throw support behind new state flag

By BECKY GILLETTE The state flag of Mississippi that incorporates an image of the Confederate battle flag has long been controversial. A voter referendum in 2001 to change the flag to something without racial overtones failed by a margin of two-to-one in a state where 37 percent of the population is black. Today, after the worldwide protests over the death ...

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