Miss. Middle School Bars Black Students From Running For Class President

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    Sep 12, 2010 3:47 PM GMT
    Miss. Middle School Bars Black Students From Running For Class President

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/miss-middle-school-bars-black-students-running-class/story?id=11498343
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    Sep 12, 2010 4:35 PM GMT
    they just now lifted it? wtf took so long
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    Sep 12, 2010 5:07 PM GMT
    Wow, that's for real? How could that be?
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    Sep 12, 2010 8:57 PM GMT
    sdgman saidWow, that's for real? How could that be?


    It's the deep south!!! Anything is possible down there!
    lol
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    Sep 12, 2010 9:04 PM GMT
    The story is shocking, the fact that it is Mississippi not so much.
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    Sep 12, 2010 10:22 PM GMT
    Think about it. This is Mississippi folks. Highest obesity rate in the nation. One of the poorest states in the country. Piss poor record on GLBT issues (faux prom anybody?). So while shocking, it isn't surprising.
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    Sep 14, 2010 2:36 PM GMT
    This is one of several reasons why I dislike living here. But there are many people that live in this state that abhor this type of thing. We don't all subscribe to this line of thinking.
    As for obesity, the main reason is a lot of people of this state are poor and uneducated. They don't know about proper nutrition. Their dollars go towards purchasing the cheapest calories possible which tend to be more junk food than nutritional foods.
    It's sad and depressing.
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    Sep 14, 2010 3:05 PM GMT
    There are rual areas in the south where "Jim Crow" signs are still up. They are still up for a reason. This come as no surprise to our country has been moving backwards regarding race-relations across the board. It's sad really!

    Glad they reverse this thing.
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    Sep 14, 2010 3:10 PM GMT
    keepingfit saidThis is one of several reasons why I dislike living here.

    I have mixed feelings about Mississippi. I used to visit Natchez annually, and stay at one of the old plantations outside of town, as a private guest of the owners, who used it as a retreat from their New Orleans home (it was still a private residence, not a B&B or inn). Called Brandon Hall, if you know it, a typically huge ante-bellum mansion. Normally closed to the public, it was included on the annual tour of great Natchez homes.

    Another I greatly admired is Dunleith, the classic Greecian-columed 2-story plantation mansion, with a double veranda on 3 sides, now run as a B&B. While in the city of Natchez itself you have Stanton Hall, an ornate extravagance from a bygone era. Plus I've seen similar sights all throughout the state, like the lovely period homes in Port Gibson, many more modest than the plantations but still beautiful.

    And while tourists around me would gawk approvingly at these things, I'd be thinking to myself: "What human misery, what enslaved labor, did it take to create these things? Great works by humanity, at the cost of great inhumanity." And to their credit, the tour guides would also show the surviving slave quarters, and describe a bit of those awful lives of perpetual servitude. And then the tourists would go back inside the great house to marvel again at the luxury, having forgotten all about what they just saw out back.

    The taint of slavery still stains Mississippi, and much of the Old South, where I lived for 13 years. I heard "states rights" used as a cover for anti-black racism, just as we hear "family values" used as a cover for hatred against gays. And both are still deeply entrenched in the South, despite a few good people like yourself.