Mississippi's Confederate Controversy❗
Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and Mike Epsy (D-Miss.) are preparing for a Senate runoff election in Mississippi on Nov. 27. The primary election results were surprisingly close for a historically deep-red state, with Hyde-Smith raking in 41.4% and Epsy gaining 40.6% of the vote.
Since the primaries, Hyde-Smith has had her Confederate-sympathiser pastexposed. Her ‘joke’ about sitting in the front row of a public hanging was heavily criticized, leading to numerous corporate donors asking for their money back.
The left accuses Hyde-Smith of celebrating the bloody history of the “Lost Cause.” They argue that although Hyde-Smith inherited the social DNA of Confederate nostalgia from her environment, her crime was embracing and perpetuating white supremacy. The left believes that it is time to outlaw the Confederate symbol on Mississippi’s flag, and erase the racist past for good.
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The right argues that yes, Hyde-Smith made a joke about attending a public hanging, but this doesn't make her racist. They believe that the left interpreted her joke as a reference to lynchings with no evidence, as “public hanging” refers to a lawful execution rather than a lynching. They accuse the left of attacking Hyde-Smith personally rather than focusing on real issues.
Will Hyde-Smith’s controversies hold her back?
While Hyde-Smith’s comments may not have intentionally been racist, the reality is that white supremacy is still prevalent in Mississippi today. 37% of Mississippi voters are black. If Epsy can convince black voters to turn out again (91% of them did on Nov. 6), then he has a very real chance of making history as the first Democrat Senator from Mississippi since 1982.
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