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US homeland security chief: Racism is fueling some terrorism

White supremacist ideology is helping fuel domestic terrorism in the United States, the head of Homeland Security said Tuesday. Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan appeared in Jackson, Mississippi, for a forum about preventing violence against religious groups. The conversation included references to mass shootings, including the recent one that killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso . Authorities ...

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$1M sought from Mississippi authorities accused in beating

A black man says he was pulled over by white Mississippi authorities last month and “brutally” beaten with their flashlights, now his lawyer wants those involved to pay $1 million. The Oxford Eagle reports David Logan’s lawyer filed a claim on Wednesday asking for the money from Water Valley police, Yalobusha County sheriff’s department, and their corresponding localities. The claim ...

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Photo of armed students at Emmett Till sign is investigated

A photograph of three University of Mississippi students posing with guns beside a bullet-pocked and oft-vandalized historic marker to lynching victim Emmett Till has sparked a possible federal investigation and suspensions of the three by their fraternity. The Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting first published a story about it Thursday, saying the image had circulated on the men’s social media ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — The time is now when it comes to Mississippi’s state flag

Symbols are extremely important in our culture and society as they serve as a connection to something greater than our immediate daily lives.  Symbols can represent a collective ideology or a set of norms that guide a community of people, a state or a nation.  Symbols are powerful and can elicit intense positive and negative emotions. Symbols can serve as ...

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Memphis police appeal for calm after marshals kill black man

Police appealed for calm Thursday in a tense Memphis neighborhood where a rock-throwing crowd gathered after federal marshals fatally shot a black man who, authorities said, had rammed a police vehicle with a stolen car. Thirty-six officers suffered minor injuries from flying rocks and bricks in the hours following the death of 20-year-old Brandon Webber, who was killed Wednesday evening ...

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Lawsuit calls Mississippi’s way of choosing governors racist

In 1890, as white politicians across the South cracked down on the black population with Jim Crow laws, Mississippi inserted into its constitution an unusually high bar for getting elected governor or winning any other state office. The provision, which remains in force to this day, says candidates must win not only a majority of the popular vote — that ...

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Arkansas governor backs removing Confederate link to flag

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas’ governor on Monday backed an effort to change the meaning of a star on the state flag that honors the Confederacy to instead have it acknowledge Native Americans’ contributions to the state. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson told The Associated Press that he’d support the proposal to change state law regarding Arkansas’ flag if it comes ...

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Black soybean farmers claim they were sold faulty seeds

Soybean farmers David Allen Hall and Tyrone Grayer had high hopes when a farm-show salesman told them the seeds he sold would bring good yields in their fertile Mississippi Delta fields, and were less likely to be damaged by weeds. But as the plants began to grow, Hall, Grayer and other black farmers who bought certified seeds from Stine Seed ...

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Lawsuit: Mississippi legislative district dilutes black vote

A state Senate district in Mississippi dilutes black voting power and should be redrawn, three African-American plaintiffs say in a federal lawsuit filed Monday. The suit asks a judge to order legislators to reconfigure the district before the 2019 state elections. District 22 has a 51 percent black voting-age population, and the suit says it lacks “real electoral opportunity” for African-Americans. ...

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Poll: Support lacking to change state flag through statewide vote

By: BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Changing Mississippi’s controversial state flag through a statewide vote is not likely at this time, a recent poll indicates. The poll, conducted by Mississippi-based Chism Strategies, found that 49 percent oppose changing the flag while 41 percent support the adoption of a new state flag. Mississippi is the only state that has the Confederate ...

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