A politician’s death opens old wounds
Mississippi white man
Anne Hull 6:29 PM ET
Marco McMillian moved back to his mother’s home in Clarksdale, Miss., to run for mayor, but the 28-year-old’s mysterious death has roiled old fears from the state’s dark history of racial brutality.
In Mississippi, death of politician Marco McMillian stirs old civil-rights fears
In Clarksdale, Miss. — When Marco McMillian decided to move back to his home town and run for mayor, the 33-year-old aspiring candidate knew he needed the blessing of the silver-haired oligarchy that ruled quietly from church pews. ...
A week and a half after McMillian’s body was found in the mud on an isolated stretch of levee outside Clarksdale, his death remains a mystery. It has roiled old suspicions and fears from Mississippi’s dark history of racial brutality, although both McMillian and the man charged with his murder are African American. ...
The Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department has charged Lawrence Reed, 22, in the crime. He told police that he killed McMillian and where to look for the body, according to two people familiar with the investigation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss its early findings.
|Confessed perp (left) and victim (right)|
Does the whole world have "Django Unchained" on the brain? "America Debrained?" I guess that what really counts is that this black-on-black murder took place in the same state where Calvin Candie was so mean to Django Freeman in 1858, two years before the Civil War.
By the way, since the Washington Post wants to portray this poor bastard who got murdered as a martyr to the sins of straight white men, it's worth pointing out that a Google search shows he was a central figure in a financial scandal at Alabama A&M University a half decade ago. Judging from rumors on an alumni discussion board, it sounds like the misappropriation that led to the college president's departure was a gay thing then, too.
For a theory about why the press has gone nuts this month over non-hate crimes, such as the Oberlin KKK Assault Blanket, see here.