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FBI to determine if Meredith statue’s defiling is hate crime | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

 

FBI to determine if Meredith statue’s defiling is hate crime | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

The conversation:

 

Statement:

Stanley Beech · Top Commenter · Blackjack Dealer at Pearl River Resort

First of all, what did the man accomplish in order for a statue to be made in his honor? I don’t recall him becoming famous for anything.Actually it was one of Bobby Kennedy’s pet projects that resulted in two people being killed..If someone is deserving of a statue so be it, but not James Meredith.It’s just something else for The NAACP to use.against the State.They don’t want the white Folks and Black folks to get along, they wouldn’t be in business if they did.

Response:

Lillian Stevens Young · Top Commenter · Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Stanley, maybe the statue is there b/c Meredith had COURAGE, the greatest of all attributes, IMO. And famous? In the struggle for civil rights, he certainly is famous. And you can argue whether the statue should be there not; that’s your right. But, the placing of a noose and a flag on the statue sends a message loud and clear, and it’s not one that I want my native state to send. I agree that many (most?) of our current so called civil rights leaders want the race tensions to continue; otherwise, they’d be out of work. However, in this case, we don’t need their involvement to tell us what this means

Reply:

Stanley Beech · Top Commenter · Blackjack Dealer at Pearl River Resort

Lillian Stevens Young Why was the Georgia flag used?It sounds to me like someone did this just to set race relations back..Someone defaced a statue and there is a 25.000 dollar reward and five football players literally stomp a guys head in at a party and that is not considered a hate crime.This is really nothing to do with Meredith, it’s just something for the NAACP to use against the State of Mississippi, I doubt half of the leaders would even know who James Meredith is.Rest assured Al Sharpton will be down to get his recognition.

Response:

Lillian Stevens Young · Top Commenter · Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Stanley Beech <you think someone wants to set race relations back? I think you’re right — the idiots who put the noose and the flag there!! And, do I think those responsible should have been prosecuted for beating this student? Absolutely!!! But, in my opinion, the lack of prosecution by the authorities in Oxford has a lot more to do with the fact that the perpetrators are Ole Miss football players, and nothing to do with race

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I’m just saying

We live in a country where entertainment reigns supreme and football is arguably supreme in entertainment, especially in Mississippi. When you look at the discrepancy in the application, the enforcement of drug laws in this country, nationally, you can best believe that to the extent that leniency is shown to these young men who are part of a revenue generating apparatus that race has nothing to do with it. To suggest otherwise is to provide cover for the Stormfront crowd. As for putting Civil Rights leaders out of work, as long as there are George Zimmermans and Michael Dunns running around and as long as you have people who can’t see the connection between the flag that was draped on the Meredith statue and the noose to the Mississippi state flag

and how conducive it is to memorialization of supremacist images and acts white supremacists can appreciate and moderates take the opportunity to join with them in criticism of the NAACP or seize the opportunity to fly the “civil-rights-leaders-want-the-race tensions-to-continue banner” then there will be work for Civil Rights leaders.

In the 60’s Martin Luther King Jr. said

“We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and God given rights” 

Variations of confederate battle flags were the rallying symbols of resistance to this goal.  The white-southerner’s response in Mississippi to full black participation in public life was redemption and the adoption of a flag created by supremacists memorializing the effort to do as they please regarding the ownership of human beings.  In Mississippi that selection was affirmed by an overwhelming white-majority years after MLK’s assassination.  And the mental and emotional support that Mississippi’s state flag lends to the Meredith statue desecration, the recognition of legacy on the part of the offenders is something that perhaps you could criticize the current Civil Rights leaders for not noting.  But don’t expect it from moderates who are never really ready for trouble-makers who abhor supremacist symbols.  No, they, the moderates are more likely to defend such tax-supported symbols of states as respect of tradition.  They must then also recognize the psychic support such symbols extend and the predictable consequences of cherishing such a legacy.