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Ghosts of Mississippi

Ghosts of Mississippi

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Published by Crystal Dawn Roby
The research paper about the Jim Crow Mississippi
The research paper about the Jim Crow Mississippi

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Published by: Crystal Dawn Roby on Nov 14, 2012
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Crystal RobyDr. GiesenHistory of Now
 
12 November 2012
Mississippi also known as the Magnolia State throughout its history has had moments
that have captured the nation, even the world’s attention. In the state of Mississippi, a dark 
cloudhovers over its past, a past filled with brutal violence and death. History has not looked kindly onthe state of Mississippi, and rightly so. For many years Mississippi had a history of murders andviolence towards its black citizens, an image it still can shake, even in the year 2012. I was born
and raised in Mississippi, however I didn’t learn of its history during the 1950’s and 1960’s, untilI was eight years old, I just couldn’t understand why people would use violence against other 
people just
 because of the color of their skin. That’s the amazing thing about kids; their view of 
the world is so innocence at times. During the Civil Rights Movement, Mississippi has been inthe epicenter of unsolved deaths, rapes, and violence against black citizens and those who chooseto help them. In the Constitution of the United States written by our forefathers stated that allmen are created equal and are given rights by God and should be protected by the government,but when the forefathers had written the d
ocument, they weren’t talking about me or people who
have the same skin color as me. This country was founded on the principal of freedom, which
 people have to right to live the way they see fit. It’s a shame that whenever someone ask mewhere I’m, sometimes I pause for a second not really wanting to reveal that I’m Mississippi. Iknow it’s silly, but sometimes I don’t like to associate myself with a state known for brutal
 
killings of some its citizens and sometimes visitors who came to help the blacks in the state to
register to vote, then there are times where I feel like there’s no other place in the world I rather 
be than in Mississippi. Whether I like it or not Mississippi is my home. Mississippi has come along way from its Jim Crow laws days. Just last a white teen by the name of Deryl Dedmon 18year old from Brandon, MS and some of his friends went to Jackson to harass or beat up black residents in the city. Dedmon and his friends pulled off Interstate 55 to Ellis Ave to Metro Inn, amotel near I-55, where they saw an intoxicated 49 year old James Craig Anderson who wasstanding outside of the motel, Dedmon and friends started to burglarize and beat Anderson, afterthe beating Dedmon got back into his truck and ran over Anderson who would later die of theinjuries he received. Dedmon was charged with first-degree murder, on March 21, 2012 Dedmonpleaded guilty so he could escape the death penalty ; Judge Jeff Weill sentenced Dedmon to adouble life sentence that would run back to back. Judge Weill was q
uoted as saying, “Dedmon’scrime had put a great strain on the state of Mississippi, a strain that would take years to fade.” Soeven today in the year of 2012, Mississippi still has the stigma of racial segregation we’re still
trying to move passed it, Mi
ssissippi native and filmmaker Wright Thompson asked “What is thecost of knowing our past; and what’s the cost of not. There are questions Mississippians won’t
ask, because they are not prepared
to hear the answer.”
We have to know our past, no matter howpainful it is, we as Mississippians we should never forget. They were two events that shaped
America’s and the world view of Mississippi, the good and the bad. Mississippians are burden
with the past of their place of birth. For years Mississippi is looked upon as evil, for the wrongscommitted by whites towards blacks, just because of the color of the skin.

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