Mississippi 2018 Run-off Election

Written by: Ishton W. Morton                                                                               November 23rd, 2018

Mississippi Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith

According to an article written by Grace Segers and Eleanor Watson published by CBS News on November 21st, 2018 Mississippi Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith has seemingly expressed regret for saying she would attend a “public hanging” if she was invited. Accordingly it was supported that she made such an apology during a debate with Democrat Mike Espy Tuesday. She said;”anyone who was offended by my comments.”

Rubbish! Her apology was weak and insincere. She was with her hand in the cookie jar and now she is doing window dressing solely for public optic.

Referencing ecclesiastical accounts given in Matthew, Luke and Proverbs, it is believed that there is nothing new about Cindy Hyde-Smith expressions. She may have done this before.

According to; Matthew 12:34 “You brood of vipers! How can you speak good things, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”; Luke 6:45  “The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks”; and Proverbs 10:11 “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Reportedly, both Espy and Hyde-Smith  met on Tuesday November 20th, 2018 for a one and one only debate before a special run-off election scheduled for November 27th, 2018. This contentious race will be to elect the next U.S. Senator from the State of Mississippi.

Subsequently, Hyde-Smith, was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant to complete the remainder of Senator Thad Cochran’s term after retiring this year. Apparently he has been enmeshed in controversy after refusing to back down from racially-tinged gaffes. However, the question could be asked; what is new? After-all this is Mississippi!

Additionally, a video of Hyde-Smith posted to Twitter earlier this month showed her joyously praising a supporter by saying: “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.”

Because Mississippi have had the most lynchings between 1882 and 1968 of any other state, with 581 lynchings authenticity, these comments were interpreted as insensitive.

Mike Espy-Hopeful- Mississippi First African American Set To Be In the U. S. Senate Since Reconstruction

Ironically, Espy who is a former Clinton official and congressman, is Black Man. Given the history of Mississippi could it be that Hyde-Smith was sending some type of intimidation coded messages to Espy?

Remember intimidation can be employed consciously or unconsciously, and the percentage of people who employ it consciously do so as the result of selfishly rationalized notions of its appropriation, utility or self-empowerment. Also intimidation is directly related to prejudice and discrimination which includes conduct which annoys, threatens, intimidates, alarms or put a person in enormous of their safety. Subsequently, because of a belief or perception regarding such person’s race, color national origin, ancestry, gender, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct.

Amazingly, most lynchings were of African-American men in the South, but women were also lynched, and white lynchings of blacks occurred in Midwestern and border states, especially during the 20th-century Great Migration of blacks out of the South. The purpose was to enforce white supremacy and intimidate blacks by racial terrorism.

The practice of Lynching is murder by a group through extrajudicial action. Lynchings in the United States rose in number after the American Civil War in the late 1800’s, following the emancipation of slaves.

Dubiously, they declined in the 1920’s but have continued to take place into the 21st century. Unbelievably, now a day, many of these incidents are pass-off by investigators as issues of suicides.

Conversely, later, another video posted by the same person on Twitter, the publisher of a liberal-leaning news site, showed Hyde-Smith discussing “liberal folks” and making it “just a little more difficult” for them to vote.

Nevertheless, At the debate on Tuesday, Hyde-Smith said that her comments had been turned into “a political weapon to be used against me.”

She continued to say; “For anyone who was offended by my comments, I certainly apologize. There was no ill will, no intent whatsoever in my statements,” she said. “I also recognize that this comment was twisted and was turned into a weapon to be used against me. a political weapon used for nothing but personal and political gain by my opponent. That’s the kind of politics  Mississippians are sick and tired of.” Really!!!

Espy retorted: “No one twisted it. It came out of your mouth. It has caused our state harm. It has rejuvenated stereotypes that we don’t need.”

Hyde-Smith initially refused to further explain her “public hanging” comments beyond an initial statement saying the reaction was overblown, and her campaign has said that the comments about creating barriers to voting were made in jest. However, the controversy is already having consequences: Walmart, the nation’s largest retail chain, has asked the Hyde-Smith campaign to refund a total of $4,000 in campaign donations.

Also, Hyde-Smith knows the history of Mississippi and spoken from her soul. She meant every word of it! Again, lynchings were often large mob actions, attended by hundreds or thousands of watchers, sometimes announced in advance in newspapers and in one instance with a special train. However, in the later 20th century lynchings became more secretive, and were conducted by smaller groups of people.

According to voting records Mississippi has a sizable black population, which comprises nearly 40% of the population as a whole and she knows it. And thusly she may be afraid of that. The voters in Mississippi needs to wake and smell the manure that is been fed to them. Hyde-Smith has just been exposed as the racist she is!

History has proposed that Espy, who if elected will be the first black person to represent Mississippi in the Senate since Reconstruction, might be able to inspire black voters to turn out in a special election. Black voters buoyed Democrat Doug Jones to victory in his Senate race in neighboring Alabama last year.

Despite all these issues, Hyde-Smith continues to be the favorite to win in the race. President Trump is visiting Mississippi on Monday to rally on her behalf and encourage Republicans to vote. Mr. Trump told reporters on Tuesday that Hyde-Smith is a “spectacular woman” who “feels very badly” about the comments she made.

Author: Ishton W. Morton

Formerly, Ishton W. Morton is an educator and promoter for community advocacy which includes creating programs and services, developing partnerships, and changing public policies, laws, and practices to improve the lifestyle of all people I’m still having an overwhelming desire to provide an Outreach Continuing Education process through this media.