Mississippi: Race Still Matters

The country is in deep trouble. We’ve forgotten that a rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it. We need the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and patient with people, the courage to fight for social justice. In many instances we will be stepping out on nothing, and just hoping to land on something. But that’s the struggle. To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have the last word.– Cornel West

In college, i’ve heard a young lady express that we live in post-racial society.  Of course, this led to a 2 hour long debate.

Two car loads of white teens drove to Jackson, Mississippi looking for a Black victim.  James Anderson was their victim.  He was found in a parking lot near his car and the teens beat the man, yelling racial obscenities. Following, the teens drove over the body and killed him.  The entire incident was captured on a live surveillance tape. Earlier that night, Deryl Dedmond, left a party saying “let’s go f*ck with some niggers!”  The two main defendants can face life in prison.

Obviously, these two were racially motivated.  50 years after the 1960s Mississippi lynchings, race still matters.

Do we live in a post-racial society? Is race socially constructed or a US phenomenon?



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