Nonprofits Call Upon Governor Bryant to Address Recent Race-Based Incidents in Mississippi

November 3, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                    

 

 

   

 

Nonprofits Call Upon Governor Bryant to Address Recent Race-Based Incidents in Mississippi

(Jackson, Miss.) - Over the past month, a spate of race-based violence has spread across Mississippi. First, the memorial plaque marking the site where Emmett Till’s mutilated body was recovered from the Tallahatchie River was sprayed with bullets. Then, a white student threw a noose around a black student’s neck at a Stone County high school. And just this past week, an African American church in Greenville was set on fire and spray painted with the words “Vote Trump.”

Shortly before these incidents began, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant declared October to be “racial reconciliation month.” Governor Bryant asked Mississippians to “promote the unifying message of racial reconciliation and healing that can enhance and improve the lives of citizens, businesses and communities in Mississippi.”

We the undersigned organizations call upon Governor Bryant to condemn each of the recent acts of race-based violence as unacceptable and contrary to Mississippi’s goal of racial reconciliation. We also call upon Governor Bryant and Mississippi’s legislative leaders to demonstrate the ideals of racial reconciliation by supporting the removal of the Confederate emblem from the Mississippi state flag, which is a constant reminder of racial oppression and injustice.

 

Mississippi Center for Justice

Reilly Morse, President/CEO

Southern Poverty Law Center

Jody Owens, Managing Attorney, Mississippi

Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP

Derrick Johnson, State President

Children’s Defense Fund Southern Regional Office

Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald, Southern Regional Director

ACLU of Mississippi

Jennifer Riley Collins, Executive Director

  

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