The Square Circuit

Academia, parenthood, living in a bankrupt city, and what I read in the process.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005


I like Mississippi. It's green, Oxford's a great town with a great bookstore, there's the blues and Faulkner and all that. I'm not one of these Yankees who dismisses the place because of its Jim Crow past.

In all of the celebration of the conviction of Edgar Ray Killen for the 1964 Neshoba County murders, though, there's a lot of talk about how Mississippi is finally getting beyond its ugly history. But I haven't heard anyone reminding us that the state is still represented by Trent Lott, who said on at least two public occasions that he wishes that Strom Thurmond's Dixiecrats won the 1948 election. And does anyone actually think the real power in the state isn't still held by the same folks who have always had it?

Like Faulkner said, "The past isn't dead. It isn't even past."


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