Mississippi should rid itself of haters

Published 12:03am Sunday, October 28, 2012

I love Mississippi, deeply. We share blood. We are, as they say, “kin.”

Aside from a great-grandfather who was British, but managed to make his way to Mississippi as soon as he could, all of my relatives for more than 150 years or more are native to Mississippi.

Some branches of our family tree even belonged to the most elder of Mississippi statesmen — the Choctaw and Chickasaw.

Mississippi’s people, places and things fascinate and intrigue me. Like a small boy looking up to his towering father, I’m in awe of Mississippi’s greatness, beauty and grace.

But like the most torrid loves, our history comes with some tough, bitter moments, too.

Love can turn to hate in a flash. One of those gut strikes hit so hard late Friday night that it hurt.

The pain came without warning; embarrassment quickly followed.

Somehow the TV wound up on ABC’s show “Nightline.”

The feature was on the Ku Klux Klan.

As soon as the announcer announced the story my heart sunk a bit.

Then, momentarily, it picked up again as they talked about a KKK group in Virginia.

Then the gut shot.

The segment turned to another Klan group, this one in Mississippi.

Decades and decades of hard work by thousands of good, non-hate-led Mississippians comes crashing down, trampled with each new sentence uttered by a small band of Klan members.

“I love my race, and I love my people. And if we do not protect our race and protect our people, they’re going to destroy us, they’re going to kill us.”

The guy, who is the head of a Klan group near Tupelo, goes on to say he doesn’t hate black people, but he thinks blacks and whites should be forced to live separately.

The TV interviewer then asks, “If the goal is white separatism, the only way to separate the races is using violence, you’re not going to be able to say nicely, ‘Please leave.’”

“If they will peacefully go, then yeah, but if they won’t peacefully go, the only way is through violence,” the Klan leader said. “It’s through making them go. That’s it.”

“And you’d be willing to be part of that? It’s a race war you’re talking about, essentially?” the TV interviewer asks.

“Very much so,” the Klan guy said.

Describing how this guy’s crazy talk made me feel is difficult — angry, disappointed, confused and frustrated.

Mostly, however, it just made my stomach hurt for the state I love.

How, I thought, can anyone really feel that way, particularly someone who lives in Mississippi?

For any American citizen to suggest separatism is ludicrous. Aside from Native American groups, all of the rest of us are transplants here — either voluntarily in the form of immigrants or involuntary in the form of slaves brought to this country.

Natchez wouldn’t be Natchez, Mississippi wouldn’t be Mississippi and America wouldn’t be America if we all looked alike.

Our diversity makes us better, even as complicated as it may be sometimes as we struggle to understand one another.

Mississippi may, in fact, need a separatist movement. Let’s encourage all of the people who hate others to leave, once and for all.

The rest of us love Mississippi and her diversity.

 

Kevin Cooper is publisher of The Natchez Democrat. He can be reached at 601-445-3539 or kevin.cooper@natchezdemocrat.com.

  • http://www.endtime.com Keith

    There is only only one Race, Human.

    If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he
    that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom
    he hath not seen? 1 John 4:20

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t take you for a propaganda consumer, Kevin. All the real problems in this world and Nightline focuses on some minute band of yahoos who refer to themselves as the KKK. It would be nice if outlets like Nightline has used some of their resources to investigate the New Black Panther Party, the Nation of Islam, La Raza, CAIR, or even the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his church that Obama attended for 20 years. But, no. Despite the fact that those separatist groups are vastly larger than the minuscule pockets of white separatism, they get ignored because it doesn’t fit the leftist narrative and scare unmotivated minorities to the polls.

    Given that whites have been, and currently are, called racists on national TV for going on 6 years now, you can expect more of this. As I have stated, that attitude towards whites, that everything we do and say has racist undertones. Never mind we are the only racial demographic that cannot politically caucus as a racial group. Never mind that there exists no TV network, non-profit group, nor anything else geared towards whites because we are white. That is unique to only whites. Every other racial demographic in this country has “their own” political caucus groups, campus groups, fields of study, political organizations, publications, non-profits, and on and on. Don’t even get me started on government programs and policies that explicitly favor minorities. That whites have not throw a national fit and screamed “enough!” is a testament to tolerance not seen in any other racial demographic.

    If a little pocket of white prejudice in North Mississippi is enough to give you a gut check, you sir are missing the vast forest while gazing at a sapling.

  • Anonymous

    A nice sentiment, Keith but not based in reality. Sticking ones head in the sand and pretending there aren’t different races in not any kind of solution.

  • Anonymous

    YOU’LL BE LEADING THE PACK OUT OF MS. YOU WEAR THAT TRANSPARENT HOOD OVER YOUR HEAD, A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN THAT PILLOW CASE WITH EYE AND NOSE HOLES. YOU REALL BELIEVE YOU ARE THE SMARTES GUY IN THE WORLD. YOU THINK ALL OTHERS ARE BELOW YOU. YOU CAN FOOL SOME OF THE PEOPLE SOME OF THE TIME, BUT YOU CAN’T FOOL ALL OF US ALL OF THE TIME. WITH ALL OF THOSE DIFFERENT PERSONALITY, YOU COULD EASILY GET A SPOT IN THE GUNNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS. I’M VOTING FOR THE PRESIDENT, WHO YOU VOTING FOR ?

  • Anonymous

    I’m voting for the president too. The NEW president.

  • Anonymous

    AMEN!!!

  • Anonymous

    Black racism towards whites is now epidemic………….. Whites are now the victim, not blacks! dave07deuce07 is a prime example…. his heart is full of hate and racism…………….

  • Sally Hart

    Kevin, only the far leftist liberals would run such a terrible reminder of the horrible past that most decent honest Mississippians have tried so hard to put down. We ‘Whites’ have tried so hard to let the past atrocities be buried so that we can live and strive together. I never knew nor was I related to any anyone of that Satanic group. I would have opposed such people then as I do now. I was raised to believe the sun and the rain had no favoring of skin color or race. The sun shone and the rain wet every color and race, there was no difference. Isn’t Mother Nature great? If only we humans could be more like that……..

  • john smith

    STOP WRITING IN ALL CAPS YOU IGNORANT SH*T

  • Anonymous

    Considering the piece was on the KKK that do still exist, and are still in Mississippi among other places to blame the “leftist” media for showing what is happening here…..today, isn’t a reminder of the past but a reminder of the intolerance and hate that needs to be overcome.

  • Anonymous

    Caucasians are the most tolerant race on the planet. All other races actively organize against them with the full support of media, academia and government. The leftist media is not so much to blame for showing what happens here but guilty for NOT showing what happens here and all over the country. The only racism the leftist media cares about are the tiny pockets of remaining white racism. It ignores, and in such, tacitly approves of wide-spread minority racism against whites.

    Dave07Deuce07 is by far the most racist person who posts to this site. I have no doubt that were he white, not only would other whites, including myself, be attacking him for his racism, his posts would be deleted and his posting privileges revoked. As it stands, though, not only is his racist tripe allowed to stand, NOT ONE black poster speaks in opposition to it. NOT ONE. The reason is obvious. Silence means approval.

    As geatalifenatches said, black racism is epidemic in this country. There are no Nightline stories about that. There are no Nightline stories about La Raza (The Race) and the Aztlan movement. Instead, the President dines with them and honors their leaders. The same President sat in a church that preached against whites and Jews for 20 years. So, you’ll have to excuse me if I don’t get all stomach sick over some small band of “KKK” nobodies from Backwaterville. They have no political power, no influence, no social support even among their demographic and no standing.

    The racial double standard in this country is quickly approaching Jim Crow levels. Who do I blame? Caucasians. They are letting it happen and doing nothing out of fear of being despised the way those “KKK” morons are. What many don’t seem to understand is that they already are and nothing they do or say will change that.

    Isn’t that right, Kevin?