Mississippi's Confederate Controversy❗

 Rogelio V. Solis / AP Pool

Rogelio V. Solis / AP Pool

The runoff

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.

Controversies galore

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.


LEANING LEFT:

Newsweek: Senator Hyde-Smith and the Mississippi Flag Must Go. Their Heritage is Teeming with Black Blood

CNN: Hyde-Smith is exactly who the Daughters of the Confederacy wanted her to be

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.

LEANING RIGHT:

Washington Examiner: Cindy Hyde-Smith's campaign: Report about segregated schooling 'a new low' for 'gotcha liberal media'

Real Clear Politics: Cindy Hyde-Smith and the Left's Linguistic Quicksand

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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