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OPINION: Why The History of Lynching Is No Laughing Matter

"A 'public hanging' solicited the worst images of black men and women swinging like strange fruit from sycamore trees while dozens or hundreds of white, mostly Christian, men and women congregated to point and smile with glee."

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OPINION: NAFTA to USMCA, An Even Trade?

"Demagogues have winning ways, especially with the man who has no one else to whom he can turn in his troubles," Mauldin wrote in his book, "Back Home," first published in 1947.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: GOP Leaders, Stop Disrespecting Black Mississippians

Dear Mississippi Republican leaders: Like much of the recent 40 years, your actions toward African Americans in our state in the last 10 days have been atrocious.

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OPINION: American Radicalization in the Roaming MAGA Mosque

How did we let it get to this point in our country? When did the loyal opposition become the enemy of the people? Why have hate and grievance drowned out civility and hope?

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Vote for Decency, a Better Mississippi on Nov. 6

As perhaps the most important Election Day in our lifetime looms on Tuesday, Nov. 6, I'm not going to tell you how you should vote.

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Finding the Lost Battalion

The stuff of legends! There are many books and movies about the six days of hell the Lost Battalion endured.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Of Breast Cancer and the Warrior’s Life

I feel like a warrior ready to turn the strength I’ve honed over my lifetime to my own health and spirit and that of my loved ones, especially my hero Todd Stauffer.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Breaking the ‘Bucket List’

If I cared to make a bucket list, then Oct. 1 would have checked off one item for me. I got to lead my first workshop, "Making the Most of Music Media," thanks to BlueSky Studio and owner Casey Combest, who offered to host the event.

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OPINION: Rush to Install Kavanaugh to Save Trump from ‘Dual Sovereignty’ Laws?

Why the rush to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court? One possible answer to these questions may be a case that is pending on the October docket of the United States Supreme Court, Gamble v. United States.

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OPINION: Huddled Masses Yearning to Break Free

The world's largest gulag today is in the United States, where a quarter of the world's prison population is behind bars, and Mississippi is at the heart of that gulag with the nation's fifth-highest incarceration rate.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Change the Rape Culture for Women and Men Alike

Young men too often grow up in a toxic masculine environment where their friends and even fathers or 
uncles celebrate some level of abuse. Many are challenged to be macho and to at least brag about rough sexual exploits or contexts.

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OPINION: Time to Give Mississippians Access to Medical Marijuana

Given the current crisis associated with widespread opioid abuse, dependence and deaths, Mississippi’s leaders must find an effective and safer alternative to prescribing narcotic medications.

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OPINION: Serena Williams, Achieving Unboxed Wonders

For #BlackGirlMagic in the form of Serena and Naomi to dominate a sport meant for the white upper class is to rage against the mayo-flavored patriarchal machine.

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OPINION: Changing the Narrative of South Jackson One Project at a Time

More business partnerships are needed around this city to get things moving in the right direction. We plan to continue to make this happen.

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OPINION: America’s Jails and Prisons: A Powder Keg Waiting to Explode

The American prison system is evidence that slavery here never ended; it merely transformed.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Making the Most of Jackson

If you look at a photo of downtown Jackson from 50 years ago, the neighborhood today is very different. Many of the businesses that used to be there are now gone, and a lot of the spaces are run down and falling apart.

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PUBLISHER'S NOTE: ‘One Lake’ Backers Have a Transparency Problem

Proponents of the "One Lake" project on the Pearl River have a high bar to clear, and I don't think they're doing it yet. Their problem is simple: lack of transparency.

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EDITORIAL: City Needs to Name Officers Who Shot Citizens Without Delay

We can understand the need to protect officers and their families, but it is not acceptable to allow it based on a reason shrouded in secrecy.

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OPINION: Jacksonians Should Reject EJECT

it is clear that Hurst’s strategy to combat violence and criminality in the capital city is misguided, flawed and is a failed strategy on arrival. Jacksonians need to reject EJECT.

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EDITORIAL: Free Press Is Not Here to Comfort the Powerful; We're Here for Truth

The Jackson Free Press, and its editors and journalists, have come under fire many times since we launched 16 years ago in Mississippi's capital city.

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OPINION: I Grew Up in the Segregated South. For Me, Supreme Court Rulings Are Personal.

"I fear a return to a time when our rights were considered secondary, if at all."

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OPINION: Do You Give a Damn?

This is a life that never allows you to truly rest, because there is so much injustice in the world that we need to address.

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OPINION: A Heroine of the Civil Rights Movement

Real change only comes to those who are open to new people and new ideas. A 6-year-old is a delightful open book, which is why segregated schools, churches and neighborhoods are such "dangers" to society.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Finding Community in a Calendar

It is next to impossible to spread the word about every single interesting 
activity going on in Jackson in any 
given week, but we are sure trying to put a dent in them with the JFP events calendar.

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OPINION: Emmett Till's Legacy Vandalized, Brutalized Again: It's Time for a Change

Mississippi is not what it used to be. And yet here we are again, facing the news that the Emmett Till sign that marks the place of his death has been riddled with bullets

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OPINION: ICE Policies Hurt Our Communities Beyond the Border

The cavalier attitude with which ICE conducts operations should be a cause of concern for us all.

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OPINION: JPS: More Than A School Building

We all aspire to make a difference in our schools and communities by having more opportunities to participate in activities that support our growth and development.

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OPINION: Breastfeeding Key to Improving Child and Maternal Health in Mississippi

If we want to improve the health outcome of babies and increase the number of those that reach their first birthday and beyond, we must center our efforts on removing systemic barriers to breastfeeding.

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OPINION: Reconnecting to Food

Because food has such a presence in our lives, it helps shape our experience in different settings

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Of Love, Ego and Believing in All of Our Children

The Mississippi Youth Media Project, Donna Ladd's passion project with its own newsroom next door to the Jackson Free Press, invites young people of various backgrounds, and doesn't shy away from accepting young people who have struggled in school or the community.

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