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Federal court upholds Jim Crow-era law in Mississippi accused of disenfranchising Black voters
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Federal court upholds Jim Crow-era law in Mississippi accused of disenfranchising Black voters

A federal court has reportedly upheld a 132-year-old voting law in Mississippi believed to have been created to deny Black people their voting rights for a lifetime. The U.S. Appeals Court for the Fifth Circuit came to that decision on Tuesday about a voting law established in 1890, citing the shared belief by the mostly right-leaning judges that Mississippi has implemented enough changes to override the racist nature of that law, reported Mississippi Free Press. The law at issue is a provision from 1890: Section 241 of the Mississippi Constitution, which disproportionately disenfranchised Black people, committed certain crimes -- although many were falsely accused. Some of those crimes included: arson, bigamy, bribery, burglary, obtaining money or goods under false pretense, per...
Emmett Till case: Mississippi grand jury declines to indict White accuser
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Emmett Till case: Mississippi grand jury declines to indict White accuser

A grand jury in Mississippi has reportedly decided not to indict the White woman who's accusation sparked the brutal murder of Emmett Till nearly 70 years ago. The decision was made after an unserved arrest warrant was discovered in June and an unpublished memoir by the woman, Carolyn Bryant Donham, was obtained by the Associated Press. A grand jury in Leflore County last week reportedly determined there wasn't enough evidence to indict Donham on charges of kidnapping and manslaughter, making it unlikely she will ever be prosecuted for her role leading up to Till’s death. The men involved in the beating and lynching of Till, who was 14 years old, were arrested and later acquitted of murder charges. Donham was never taken into custody. RELATED: Decades later, arrest warrant ...
Video shows Mississippi trooper beating handcuffed Black man on road
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Video shows Mississippi trooper beating handcuffed Black man on road

A video circulating on social media showing a White officer in Mississippi beating a Black man in handcuffs has gone viral. The incident happened on Aug. 5 in McComb. An officer is seen grabbing a handcuffed Black man, identified as Eugene Lewis, by his neck. The unidentified officer wrestles Lewis to the ground off the side of the highway. In the video, the officer can be seen moving Eugene further into the grass and then pinning him with his knee. Someone is heard shouting in the video “that’s how George Floyd got killed!” Video shows the officer repeatedly ordering witnesses to stay back while pointing a weapon at them as he is still kneeling on Eugene. An police vehicle arrives shortly and one of the bystanders is arrested. The video was taken by Packer Lewis, Eugene...
White man in Mississippi arrested after video shows him trying to run over Black kids and use racial slur
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White man in Mississippi arrested after video shows him trying to run over Black kids and use racial slur

A White man in Mississippi has been arrested after a video went viral allegedly showing him driving in the street headed toward several Black kids on bikes and using a racial slur. On Sunday, the man identified as Mark Hall, allegedly posted a video of himself to FaceBook, which shows him driving down a street towards a group of nine Black teenagers on bicycles. Hall laughs and says “50 points” as the juveniles move out of the way to avoid being struck. He then calls them “stupid niggers.” Many people in the community — and on social media — were outraged after watching the video. The teens said the driver hit one of their bicycles, according to Action News 5. On Monday, several parents reportedly pressed charges against Hall. He was charged with nine counts of enhanced simple assaul...
Mississippi police chief fired after racist recording leaked
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Mississippi police chief fired after racist recording leaked

A police chief in Mississippi was fired after he was accused of using racial slurs and bragging about shooting a person 119 times in a leaked audio recording. Sam Dobbins, the former police chief of Lexington, was removed from his post after a board of aldermen voted during a special meeting on Wednesday. The vote on Dobbins’ position was narrow with 3-2 supporting his removal. The aldermen named Investigator Charles Henderson interim police chief. Robert Lee Hooker, now a former officer with Lexington Police Department, recorded the former police chiefs statements. Lexington police chief Sam Dobbins out of a job after racist, expletive-laced recording is leaked pic.twitter.com/44TfYIjdhu — Breakingtrendsnews (@Breakingtrends1) July 20, 2022 The 16-minute audio was reportedly...
Prosecutors in Mississippi say no plans to pursue Emmett Till accuser
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Prosecutors in Mississippi say no plans to pursue Emmett Till accuser

Prosecutors in Mississippi said there are no plans to pursue charges against the White woman who’s accusation about Emmett Till sparked his brutal death at the hands of two White men in 1955. Last week, the state Attorney General’s office delivered the news that there was no new evidence to reopen the decades-old case, which is why prosecutors were not pursuing the woman who now lives in North Carolina. Emmett Till’s horrific case has found renewed interest after an arrest warrant for his accuser was discovered. The warrant was never served by the sheriff’s department because the deputy reportedly said he didn’t want to bother the woman who had young children at the time. Till’s family members have reportedly said they intend to continue to press authorities to bring the woman to jus...
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Decades later, arrest warrant found for woman accused of lying about Emmett Till

Emmett Till’s death is a heart-wrenching story etched in Black American history that has passed down from generation to generation. A young man in Mississippi kidnapped and murdered over a benign allegation that he signaled an attraction to a White woman in 1955. The allegation the 14-year-old Till whistled at the woman was later refuted, but decades after his tragic death and murder investigation, an arrest warrant for the woman accused of fabricating the allegation has turned up. And worst of all, authorities never attempted to serve the warrant. Till was brutally beaten and fatally shot after he was kidnapped from his bed. His body was dumped in a river where two people fishing found him. The woman’s husband and another man were acquitted of murder, but reportedly confessed to the ...
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Black mother outraged after son given “Monkey Award” in preschool

An elementary school teacher in Mississippi is under scrutiny after reportedly giving a Black preschool student a “Monkey Award,” which angered the boy’s mother. The mother learned about the award after her son brought it home along with his other awards. She was upset when she saw the award her son was given by his teacher. The mother met with school officials who told her the boy’s teacher was not aware that comparing Black people and monkeys was racially insensitive when the award was given. The school’s principal told the mother that staff members had met before the ceremony and cautioned them be sensitive with handing out the awards. The district called the situation involving the young boy unacceptable. More about the incident and school can be found here. Opinion: ...