7 nooses spotted by Mississippi Capitol one day before Senate runoff
Police are currently investigating the case regarding the nooses and signs found hanging outside the Mississippi State Capitol.
On Monday, November 26, 2018, a total of seven nooses and signs referring to the racially charged Senate runoff were anonymously left in plain sight.
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety shared photos of the signs on their Facebook page in hopes of finding those responsible for the act.
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Nooses and signs, some referring to the upcoming Senate runoff election, have been found on the grounds of the Mississippi State Capitol. A state spokesman says one of the signs read: "We are hanging nooses to remind people that times have not changed." https://t.co/5DFWtuGXA4 pic.twitter.com/qMZu9OrB3H— CNN (@CNN) November 26, 2018
One of the signs served as a reminder of the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy who was lynched for allegedly whistling at a white woman.
A second sign had the name of Willie Jones Jr. on it, the young black man who was discovered hanging from a tree just outside his white girlfriend's home in early 2018.
THE REASON WHY
At the time, the proper authorities ruled the case as a simple suicide, but Jones' family didn't settle for the decision and got together to call for a further investigation.
The main sign revealed the intention behind the act and read 'we're hanging nooses to remind people that times haven't changed.'
Two nooses and several hate signs were found hanging at the Mississippi State Capitol Monday morning around 7:15 a.m., WLBT reports.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 26, 2018
State Capitol police took the nooses and signs down and are investigating. https://t.co/DbJOnd7A3R
HYDE-SMITH'S BAD 'JOKE'
This Tuesday, Mississippi residents will have the opportunity to vote for a senator, with the choices being black Democrat Mike Espy and Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.
Earlier in the race, Hyde-Smith made an unfortunate comment about 'attending a public hanging.' Her remark was considered extremely racist but her campaign reportedly brushed it off as a 'joke.'
Joke or not, her words led to the signs and nooses being hanged outside the Capitol. Still, it has been reported that Espy didn't link Hyde-Smith to the nooses, claiming that 'that'd be unfair.'
"We're hanging nooses to remind people that times haven't changed."
CHARLIE BROWN UNDER FIRE
Unfortunately, racism is very much alive in today's society, and even cartoons are caught in it. Recently, the "Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" special sparked a lot of outrage because the only black character, Franklin, was seen sitting by himself on one side of the table.
But while several people called the show racist, the truth is that Franklin was a guest of honor during the special and was sitting by himself so everyone could see him, something that a lot of critics missed.