Local law enforcement’s “entanglement” with federal immigration agencies instills “fear across Mississippi’s immigrant communities” and introduces “a host of public safety hazards,” the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi said today while announcing “Unalienable,” a statewide campaign designed to change that dynamic.
Over the past year, attacks on Asian Americans have increased more than 150% over the previous year, including the March 16 murders of eight people, including six Asian American women, in Atlanta. Some of these attacks may be classified as hate crimes. But whether they meet that legal definition or not, they all fit a long history of viewing Asian Americans in particular ways that make discrimination and violence against them more likely.
You tell us in no uncertain terms that you want real truth-to-power journalism in Mississippi fully focused on solutions over political gamesmanship. We hear you. We’re on it, Mississippi Free Press editor and co-founder Donna Ladd writes as both MFP and the pandemic turn a year old in the state.