One of the many flaws with the U.S. court system is overcrowding for no other reasons than people can’t afford to leave jail. Mississippi is one of the primary culprits with this tactic that disproportionately affects the poor.
Ebony Archie left her car running with her son asleep in the back seat when she stopped at a grocery store on Thursday. When she came back outside, her car and her son, Kingston Frazier, were both missing. They were both found, with the six-year-old shot dead in the backseat, hours later, according to the New York Times.
Local police have arrested three suspects in connection to Frazier’s death. Dwan Wakefield, D’Allen Washington, and Byron McBride will all be charged with capital murder and are being held without bail. McBride, the oldest of the trip at 19 years old, was allegedly the one to pull the trigger.
To protect their practice of utilizing the death penalty, Mississippi lawmakers proposed a bill that would turn to firing squads, gas chambers and electrocution to end the lives of death row inmates.
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!
It’s a day meant to reflect on the legacy of one of the most iconic figures in civil rights and social justice the world has ever known. Millions are given the opportunity to continue his missions and recall his values – which means all of them, not just the ones mainstream America’s conveniently cherry-picked over time.
Well, that’s what the day is for most of the United States. Residents in Biloxi, Mississippi felt differently and came under fire for it.
2016 was difficult as it became the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States with 27 reported victims. Nearly half of which were Black. Unfortunately, 2017 didn’t take long to show that this tragedy wasn’t left in the past.
Mesha Caldwell, a hairstylist from Mississippi was found murdered 30 miles outside of Canton on the side of the road.
A community was deeply hurt when a historic black church in Greenville, Mississippi was set on fire and covered with the words “Vote Trump!” They can now start the healing process after a GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $200,000 for its restoration.
The campaign originally started with a goal of only $10,000 and has far exceeded that thanks to help from nearly 6,000 donors.
Dee Whigham, 25, has been identified as the murder victim found in a Mississippi hotel. The registered nurse sustained multiple stab wounds and was found in a hotel room shared with friends in St. Martin, MI, making her the latest transgender person on record to be murdered in the United States this year.
In an unfortunate, yet expected turn of events, Mississippi claims its throne in the race to be the most racist state in America.
The governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant, signed a proclamation that made April “Confederate Heritage Month.” This is also the state that stirred a large debate around removing the Confederate battle emblem from their state flag.