Black Lives Matters Protests Continue Across the State (Pictures)

I’ve personally never seen anything like this in my 50 plus years here in Mississippi. Back during the tropical storm people gathered at Blaylock Park in Wiggins and Slabbed was there:

And despite the wind and rain people continued to trick in after the official start time:

The group up here was so peaceful I did not notice a single law enforcement officer among those gathered. Then again the impetus for this rally came from the local business community as did last Friday evening’s march in Bay St Louis:

Photos Courtesy of Michael Ramsey
Photos Courtesy of Michael Ramsey

Photos Courtesy of Michael Ramsey
Photos Courtesy of Michael Ramsey
Photos Courtesy of Michael Ramsey
Photos Courtesy of Michael Ramsey
Photos Courtesy of Michael Ramsey
Photos Courtesy of Michael Ramsey
Photo Courtesy of Rachael Ramsey
Photo Courtesy of Rachael Ramsey

The pace of change brought about by George Floyd’s execution at the hands of police and resulting protests can’t be understated. Now Mississippi’s own legacy of worshiping symbols of white supremacy is in the cross hairs. Unfortunately, we have cowards for leaders up in Jackson and the people here regularly vote against their own self interests so I’d look for things to get worse on that front before they get better.

Top executive: Send state flag issue to ballot, and ‘any business considering locating here will pause’ ~ Adam Gauncheau

That top executive is Hancock Bank’s John Hairston and I suspect he would know a thing or two on this subject. This is what I know, when a business is considering expanding geographically and the choice comes down to Mississippi and another southern state like Alabama, if the proposals are close, the cut always seems to be made in favor of the place that is welcoming to everyone and not just white people. The blowhards among us will sit there and talk themselves blue in the face how that is not true but when your state flag effectively says “whites only”, nothing else said after matters to anyone not from here and that is the reality of this situation.

One thought on “Black Lives Matters Protests Continue Across the State (Pictures)”

  1. They should be protesting the Hancock Banks. It was formed, built and financed with profits derived from slaves. Deed book B, in the Hancock County land records on page 35 is slaves being transferred within the Seal family. Its know wonder they want to repent and take a stand against the flag. They should be handing reparation checks out at the drive thru and let the flag be voted on. Then live with the results or move.

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