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Author: Donna Ladd

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Listening to Kiese Laymon: ‘We Have to Uncover Those Secrets’

Two overlapping topics in the hour-long show really struck me: Kiese Laymon calling out the ongoing racism and sexism in Mississippi, and, yes, the patriarchal traditions here that keep women out of power, the spotlight, well-paid positions and well-funded opportunity, and far from most political commentary and strategy, regardless of our experience and expertise.

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A tall Confederate statue stands in a median in a highway through Brandon, Miss., the county seat of Rankin County
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‘Woke’ in Mississippi: Annual ‘Confederate Heritage Month’ Always a Rude Awakening

My studies of newspaper archives and primary sources, and some good learning from Dr. Manning Marable at Columbia both widened my understanding from the racism in my native South to what really happened across the country and it, well, awakened me. It also made me want to come on back home and face down, and report, demons I needed to confront as a white Mississippian.

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Neshoba County Confederate Statue
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‘Darn’ Tootin’ It Is!’: Gov. Tate Reeves Again Declares Confederate Heritage Month, SCV Says

A 2021 Confederate Heritage Month proclamation, signed by Gov. Tate Reeves, again appeared first on a Sons of Confederate Veterans Facebook page on April 8, 2021. “It’s official-April is Confederate Heritage and History Month in our state of Mississippi and we observe it with pride! #ConfederateHeritage #SouthernHeritage #HonoringOurAncestors,” the SCV Camp 265 Rankin Rough & Ready’s Facebook page says.

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light in the dark
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‘Don’t Stir Up the Past’: Probing Mississippi’s Silences, Investigating Disparities, Honored Nationally

In last week’s episode of MFP Live, Mississippi Free Press publisher Kimberly Griffin and I had what many people sadly might see as a traitorous conversation with Mount Olive, Miss., native and author Ralph Eubanks. We’re supposed to be “patriotic,” we’re told, and that means just talk about the good and honorable parts of Mississippi’s and the nation’s history. We’re not supposed to “probe the silences,” as Ralph puts it in his wonderful new book, “A Place Like Mississippi: A Journey Through a Real and Imagined Literary Landscape.”

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