Nooses Hung Outside Of Mississippi State Capital Prior To Runoff Election – Your Black World

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Nov 28, 2018 

By: Ryan Velez

The Huffington Post reports that on Monday, with a runoff election coming close, nooses hanging from trees and hateful signs were found at the Mississippi State Capitol. With a black man having the chance to represent the state in the Senate for the first time since the 1880’s, the intention to denigrate and intimidate is clear.

Two nooses and six hateful signs that referenced murdered black teen Emmett Till and lynching were hung around the Capitol campus at about 7 a.m. on Monday, according to Chuck McIntosh, spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration. According to the story, the first person to act on this was a WLBT reporter, who got a call about this and notified Capitol Police.

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McIntosh told HuffPost that it’s unclear, based on the signs alone, whether the incident was related to Tuesday’s runoff election between Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and Democratic candidate Mike Espy. The exact nature of the signs has not been made public, aside from the references to Emmett Till. “While I can’t speak to their mindset, it is notable that it was done the day before the special election,” McIntosh said.

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Racism has been a thread running up through the special runoff election. The Huffington Post chronicles this, explaining how “Hyde-Smith made headlines and lost campaign funding after she joked about wanting to attend a “public hanging” earlier this month. She apologized, but the hits kept coming: a Rhodes scholar at the University of Mississippi called her a white supremacist; the NAACP and Espy himself called the comments “hurtful and harmful”; and her uncritical views of the Confederacy and Mississippi’s legacy of racism were made public.”

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As of right now, there are no suspects in the incident at the State Capitol, and no plans to beef up security at the building or elsewhere.

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