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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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White Americans generally think U.S. democracy is tough and durable. Groups whose vote protection has only been legally enforced within the last 6 decades, however, know better. Observant politicos know that real democracy is a delicate thing that breaks like a glass hammer, if you don’t protect it. And all over the world, right now,...
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Black Folks: Keep Your Head Up When I was in New Orleans last week, a small group of us Mississippians gathered to talk about the election, since lots of other people at the convening were also discussing it. I was reminded of how know precarious the voting situation is for Black folks in the state,...
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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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Republican state Rep. Robert Foster gave social media a glimpse of American Sharia this month when he refused to allow a reporter access to his campaign during the height of the campaign season. The crime? Being a woman. Foster, a Tea Party gubernatorial candidate known for calling “anyone who votes Dem[ocrat] in 2018 … either...
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