Tonight my racism chase takes me to Mississippi. It is a state whose history is steeped in bigotry and racism, and a place where they obviously have a long way to go before they can say that they have arrived in the 21st Century.
"A judge in central Mississippi slapped a young black man in the back of the head and yelled 'Run, n----r, run,' the teen’s parents claim in a police report.
The allegations against Madison County Justice Court judge Bill Weisenberger, who is white, will be weighed by a grand jury.
'“This is 2014,' said former Canton mayor William Truly, who now heads the local NAACP, according to The Clarion-Ledger. (It’s) 'not 1960, where someone could slap a young man and call out “run n-----, run.'
Weisenberger was moonlighting as a security officer at the Canton Flea Market when the incident allegedly occurred two weeks ago.
Eric Rivers, 20, was asking for work at the open-air market when Weisenberger accosted him, the young man’s parents said in their complaint.
Truly demanded that Weisenberger step down at a news conference on Friday.
'No citizen should have to face justice before a judge who holds such a high degree of racial animus and hatred,' he said.
Flea market vendor Cathy Hendrix told the newspaper she and others routinely rely on locals who help unload goods."
My first thought is that they don't pay judges too well in Mississippi if the guy is moonlighting as a security guard at a flea market.
My second thought is that this poor young man was actually looking for work which is what we always encourage young people to do in this country.
A young black man can't win for losing in Mississippi.
Finally, I will stay in the state of Mississippi for my next story.
There is dirty politics and there is really dirty and low down politics. It looks like in Mississippi the Tea Party folks like their politics really low down and really dirty. This one has even the folks in Chicago and Louisiana shaking their heads.
"Three more people have arrested in connection with the photographing of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) wife, Rose, who is a patient in a Madison, Mississippi nursing home.
Mark Mayfield (pictured right), a member of the board of directors for the Central Mississippi Tea Party, was arrested Thursday, according to the Clarion Ledger of Mississippi.
At around 2:34 PM EDT Clarion-Ledger editor Sam Hall tweeted that the second arrest on Thursday in connection to the "Constitutional Clayton" photographing case was Richard Sager of Laurel.
A little more than an hour later The Clarion Ledger reported that a third suspect, John Mary (pictured above) was charged for conspiracy in connection to Kelly. Police confirmed later in the day that Mary had been arrested but then "his own recognizance due to extensive medical conditions after consulting with his attorney and the Madison/Rankin County District Attorney’s Office."
...Kelly supports state Sen. Chris McDaniel, Cochran's tea party primary challenger. Mayfield appears to be a McDaniel supporter as well and, according to the Clarion Ledger's Sam Hall, contributed $500 to McDaniel and served as an active volunteer on his campaign.
Authorities claim Kelly photographed Rose Cochran at St. Catherine's nursing home in Madison, where she is bedridden and suffering from progressive dementia. Kelly, a political blogger and McDaniel supporter, allegedly used the photo in a video he posted online." [Source]
So three people are arrested for going into a nursing home and taking pictures of a political opponent's bed ridden and dying wife and later posting her pictures on the Internet. The story is as sick and twisted as it sounds.
Then, to make it worse, the person who is the center of this entire mess did a horrible job of trying to explain himself and his campaign's ignorance of the whole matter.
Mississippi isn't burning, but sometimes we sure wish that it would.