By

Polly C. Speak
Bills, Bills, Bills It’s the first week of the Mississippi legislative session and racist bills are already barreling through Capitol halls. (How are we already at the lightning round?!) Two bills submitted by Republican Sen. Joseph Seymour, of Vancleave, make a fine example. Seymour thinks the recent national effort to push the casted images of...
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When a kid stands before his mom after repeatedly defying her and acting out, mom tends to judge the child a little more harshly. It’s the same kind of “third-strike” behavior that applies to the court system. When a judge reviews a repeat offender, she may be tempted to evaluate the suspect more severely. And...
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Almost one year ago, Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) barely eked out a win over Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams by throwing Black voters off the voting rolls. This week, Georgia law allowed the Republican-run Secretary of State’s office to push through a second round of voter purging. The office will begin mailing out purge notices to...
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After a year of campaigning, former ACLU Communications Director Zakiya Summers won the Democratic primary for Mississippi’s District 68. Summers will be running against Republican Jon Pond in the November election, but her district is a safe, blue district with a history of electing Democrats. As it stands, she will likely be a double-minority entering...
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The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects readers might’ve noticed the recent Twitter/People Magazine/ABC News post about a Daily Beast editor and freelance writer who managed to pay off a whopping $102,000 school loan by buckling down and paying more than her monthly loan minimums. Editor Mandy Velez apparently beat her ungodly debt into submission by...
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Chances are you already know that the U.S. Court system is no place for poor people or minorities. If you’re rich and white, however, and you land in front of a judge for chasing toddlers with a weed-whacker, you stand a much better chance of being back out in a few days with a new...
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Last month, a white extremist shot and killed 22 people in El Paso, Texas. He was hunting exclusively for Latinos, according to his racist screed on an 8chan network. Days later, the U.S. government reinforced that gunman’s incendiary language of a “Hispanic invasion,” by arresting almost 700 undocumented laborers at several Mississippi chicken processing plants....
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Here’s an update you probably didn’t want to hear: A Mississippi cop who apparently planted evidence at the scene of a teen shooting six years ago managed to evade charges. It’s the rough reality in a nation where cop, after cop, after cop, seems to get away with killing Black people. News reports described Willie...
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The Laurens County Board of Registrars and the Laurens County Board of Commissioners, in Georgia, is in the hot seat for illegally purging minority voters, according to a democracy watchdog group, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL). The organization joined the Georgia NAACP and other groups in calling out county officials for...
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Republicans in the state of Mississippi have the kind of power they don’t get in many other states. The GOP here has a supermajority in both the House and Senate, which gives them the political strength to pass critical budget legislation that requires a two-thirds majority vote to get to the governor’s desk. One example...
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