You know Candyland, that plantation in Tarantino’s movie Django Unchained, a racist domain where house Negroes get special treatment and privileges. Sometimes Mississippi reminds me of Candyland because it’s a place where privileged blacks are the willing accomplices of people with white supremacist’s goals, attacking the aspirations of hard working black people and degrade black upward mobility. A bill to make a government department into a plantation where the overseer determines who has a job and who does not have a job was recently introduced by a black Senator. Sometimes, like Stephen in the movie Django Unchained, blacks, in the service of a dominant white power structure, willingly aid in the mistreatment of other blacks. The bill is Senate Bill 2804 and the role of Stephen was played by Senator Sampson Jackson II. The bill removes civil service protections from all the employees of a department of Mississippi’s state government, the Department of Correction, recently brought Stephen, a character from Django Unchained to mind. Stephen, a slave, had a problem with a person, Django, who appeared to be, like him, assigned to a lower station in society because of his race who yet seemed to be above him or more esteemed than him; Django appeared to be free. Perhaps it was some sense of envy that caused Senator Sampson Jackson II to author a bill to remove the equal protection from so many people with whom he shared a racial history. Maybe it was something else, some hidden emolument some future appointment. Who knows? But you have to wonder why a black legislator, knowing Mississippi’s history of discrimination against blacks, knowing the level playing field that Mississippi’s State Personnel Board provides, would offer a bill to tilt the field, to place so many of the people whose ancestors were systematically deprived into a position where they too can be systematically deprived of their livelihood. In the movie, Stephen tells Django that there will always be a Candyland. Looking at Mississippi and people like Senator Sampson Jackson and Representative Angela Cockerham, Stephen seems to be right.
You can view the bill which was passed here.
SB2804PS(STATE PERSONNEL BOARD)(2)
This is a profile on Stephen, I mean Senator Sampson Jackson II.
Sampson Jackson II
This is a profile of Representative Angela Cockerham who also participated in the destruction of fair employment practices.
This is the part where the street performer passes the hat or cup.
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