Republican Governor of Mississippi Proclaims April ‘Confederate Heritage Month’

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    SCV: Gov. Tate Reeves Proclaimed ‘Confederate Heritage Month’ on April 3

    As coronavirus spiked across the state, the Mississippi Sons of Confederate Veterans posted a copy of an April 3 state proclamation naming this month as “Confederate Heritage Month.” Gov. Tate Reeves apparently signed the proclamation two days after he did an about-face and issued a statewide shelter-at-home order due to rising COVID-19 infections in Mississippi.

    “God bless the Confederate Soldier. He shall never be forgotten. Deo Vindice!” the Mississippi SCV’s April 3 Facebook post read about the proclamation. “Deo Vindice," Latin for “Under God as our Vindicator,” appeared on the official seal of the Confederacy and was the Confederacy’s motto.

    Reeves’ Language Varies from Bryant’s Proclamation

    In February 2016, the Jackson Free Press discovered that then-Gov. Phil Bryant had quietly signed a similar proclamation, and broke the storythat the under-the-radar proclamations had continued in Mississippi and some other states, including under previous governors. Bryant’s 2016 proclamation was not included on his official page of proclamations on his official gubernatorial website, but appeared on the website of Beauvoir, the Gulf Coast home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, now a museum. SCV runs both Beauvoir, including a Confederate cemetery there, as well as its website.

    The language varies between Bryant’s 2016 order and the 2020 version Reeves apparently signed two days ago. Bryant’s version gave responsibility for the Civil War fully to the Confederacy. Bryant’s 2016 proclamation began: “April is the month when the Confederate states began and ended a four-year struggle.” Indeed, the South started the conflict by firing on Fort Sumter, S.C., on April 12, 1861, over the right to own and extend slavery to new U.S. states.

    Reeves’ opening “whereas,” however, spreads the responsibility for the war more evenly between the north and the south. “April is the month when, in 1861, the American Civil War began between the Confederate and Union armies, reportedly the costliest and deadliest war ever fought on American soil…,” his proclamation begins.

    Both governors’ proclamations then mention that the last Monday in April is a state holiday in Mississippi called “Confederate Memorial Day.” Several southern states still commemorate the day the last major Confederate field army surrendered to the Union at Bennett Place in Durham, N.C., on Wednesday, April 26, 1865, officially ending the war.

    The last “whereas” is virtually the same in the 2016 and 2020 versions, except that Reeves adds “as we honor all who lost their lives in this war” before proclaiming “it is important for all Americans to reflect upon our nation’s past, to gain insight from our mistakes and successes, and to come to a full understanding that the lessons learned yesterday and today will carry us through tomorrow if we carefully and earnestly strive to understand and appreciate our heritage and our opportunities which lie before us.”

    In 2019, Bryant decided to declare "Unity Month" instead of "Confederate Heritage Month," responding to a request by Unite Mississippi, a Flowood, Miss.-based nonprofit that focuses on racial and social reconciliation among Christians in Mississippi.

    Governors’ Ties to the Sons of Confederate Veterans

    Former Gov. Bryant was an open member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, whose members routinely claim that the Civil War was not fought over slavery.In 2018, SCV awarded Bryant with the John J. Pettus Heritage Award, named after the “fire-eater” governor and slave owner who led Mississippi into secession.

    Current Gov. Reeves’ ties to the Sons of Confederate Veterans stretch back years. In July 2013, then-Lt. Gov. Reeves spoke at the group’s national reunion in Vicksburg. With a massive Confederate flag behind him and decorative arrangements of cotton on either side, Reeves “congratulated the SCV for keeping history alive for our youth,” an SCV blogger later recalled. Other speakers at the reunion defended the Confederate "cause," recast notoriously racist slaveholders as heroes, and one even compared "the Yankees" to "the Nazis."

    Then-Jackson Free Press reporter Ashton Pittman reported on those remarks in February 2019 after uncovering the blog post and a little-noticed video of some of the speeches. As a 2019 Republican candidate for governor, Reeves was already under scrutiny at the time after Millsaps College yearbook photos surfaced from his time there showing members of his fraternity wearing blackface, as well as afro wigs and some of them with a Confederate X painted across their faces.

    Reeves denied at the time that he ever participated in those activities.

    His fraternity, though, had a reputation for fetishizing the Old South, both at the Millsaps chapter and at other colleges and universities across the country. Yearbooks from Reeves’ time include photos of the organization’s annual Old South Ball events. In one 1993 Millsaps College newspaper article that the Jackson Free Press discovered, an ad for Reeves' fraternity, the Kappa Alpha Order, included a 1966 photo of someone dressed in a black mammy costume delivering invitations to new recruits. During Reeves’ time at Millsaps, Kappa Alpha Order was also involved in several allegations of racist behavior.

    But in an op-ed for Millsaps’ Purple and White newspaper in the mid-1990s, then-student Kiese Laymon sarcastically suggested that while Kappa Alpha was the most obvious manifestation of racism on campus, institutional racism persisted throughout Millsaps. Laymon had earlier alleged that a Kappa Alpha Order member directed a racist epithet at him.

    "At Millsaps, I know we've overcome racism, and if the word 'n--ger' is ever muttered, it could only be echoed in the walls of the Kappa Alpha House," author Laymon wrote then.

    Kappa Alpha was known for chanting "1 2 3! Robert E. Lee! The South shoulda won!" They still describe Robert E. Lee, a slave owner and Confederate general who whipped and poured salt into the wounds of escaped slaves, as their "spiritual founder." In one of Reeves' yearbooks, the Kappa Alpha page seems to reference the future governor: "Are Justin and Tate at the Robert E. Lee bar?" it reads.

    Reeves’ campaign defended his participation in the fraternity at the time, while confirming he attended Confederate-themed parties.

    "Like every other college student, he did attend costume formals and other parties, and across America, Kappa Alpha's costume formal is traditionally called Old South in honor of the Civil War veteran who founded the fraternity in the 1800s," Laura Hipp, his communications director at the time, told the Jackson Free Press last year.

    'Politicians, Especially in the Democratic Party, Have Been Racially Tone Deaf'

    Both Reeves and Bryant are Republican governors, but Democratic leaders in Mississippi also have proclaimed Confederate Heritage Month historically and have been parts of groups that embraced racially offensive practices.

    Reeves’ eventual Democratic opponent, then-Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, also came under fire when a 1980s University of Mississippi yearbook surfaced showing members of his fraternity wearing blackface. Hood, like Reeves, said he never wore blackface.

    "When I go hunting, I don't even like to wear a mask," Hood told reporters at the time, saying masks make him uncomfortable, and face paint would, too.

    Several months later, Anastassia Doctor, an African American woman in Hattiesburg, confronted Hood at a campaign event at the University of Southern Mississippi. His response was not good enough because he did not seem to portray an understanding of why blackface is painful for black people, she said.

    "As black voters, we've been shown benign neglect over and over again," Doctor told Hood. "And politicians, especially in the Democratic Party, have been racially tone deaf."

    Hood responded by pointing out that, in the mid-2000s, he had successfully prosecuted Edgar Ray Killen, the klansman who planned and directed the "Mississippi Burning" murders of three young civil-rights workers in Neshoba County in 1964. He also said that he had made a practice of hiring people who “look like Mississippi” as a district attorney and as attorney general, and that her question was “a little unfair.”

    "I don't even know when the picture was made, so to paint me with that is a little unfair, you know?" Hood said. "And especially if you look at my history and the cases that I've handled. The people I've fought for are the people who are the least among us no matter what their race was.”

    Hood came out for changing the Mississippi flag, with the Confederate emblem in its canton, after Dylann Roof massacred black worshipers in Charleston, S.C., in 2015, and has criticized Reeves for speaking to the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

    Reeves' position has long been that Mississippians voted to keep the flag as is in 2001, and neither politicians or "elites" should ignore that vote, which split mostly along race lines. Then-Lt. Gov. Reeves released a statement about the Mississippi flag after the Charleston tragedy: " Flags and emblems are chosen by a group of people as a symbol of all that unites and ties the group together," he wrote. "The good and bad in our shared history, and all that we have learned from it, is something that ties us together.

    "The same discussion South Carolinians are having now is one that Mississippians had 14 years ago when nearly two-thirds of our state voted to keep our current flag. If the citizens of our state want to revisit that decision, and I am sure at some point we may, it will best be decided by the people of Mississippi, not by outsiders or media elites or politicians in a back room."

    The Jackson Free Press, as well as The Clarion-Ledger, has asked the Mississippi State Department of Health to provide race demographics on COVID-19 cases and deaths to date, but so far the State of Mississippi has declined.

    Reeves' office had not returned requests for comment by publication time.
     
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    People are dropping dead and this is the shyt he is concerned with.
     
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    Disgusting and disrespectful AF.

    Please call, email and/or fax his office and go off -- and request for this to be voided.


    Tate Reeves / Governor of the State of Mississippi
    550 High Street, Sillers Building, 19th Floor
    Jackson, MS 39201
    601.359.3150
    Governor of Mississippi | MS.GOV
     
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    The Confederacy was a terrorist organization that planned on stealing land from The United States of America in the hopes of starting their own country

    They were defeated in a war that cost hundreds of thousands of American lives in the bloodiest time on American soil

    :mjpls:


    But they won’t hear me tho :francis:
     
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    because you know nothing else is going on right now

    of course, he does this when the news cycle is buzzing so it will slide off in 2 mins


    but Mississippi is on my F you list so I'm not going anyway.
     
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    Sherman didn't burn enough of the South. When Civil War part 2 rolls around, these people will need to exterminated, their false idols torn down, and their history rewritten to accurately reflect events.
     
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    Worst state in America
     
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    These fools better stop bytching about Black History month.
     
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    Isn't Mississippi half black?

    How does this shyt even happen?

    Pennsylvania ain't shyt either but at least these confederate nuts are relegated to their double wides, pick ups and rural backyards
     
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    This is terrorism and treason. The Confederacy committed treason against the United States. Are the black sons of Mississippi going to allow their governor to venerate a treasonous organization that committed terrorism against their own people? This is where the hammer of black southerners need to come out in full force and be laid down. White southerners should not be getting these notions that they can flaunt this terroristic and treasonous organization in our face any longer. This shyt needs to be dealt with. It need to be understood that to flaunt a Confederate flag means that you are waging war against black Americans and that means we have every right to retaliate based off of that act alone.
     
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    Cac privilege.
    Having the luxury and time to bytch and moan about nonsense during a pandemic..these guys are special. You might want to look up 'special people' to catch my drift.
     
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    What do you even teach during that month? Ignore all the secession documents and just watch gone with the wind for 30 days?
     
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    nikkas in Mississippi seen enough demos to not get outta line. One of the few states that I never care to visit.
     
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    Yes. but Mississippi is the deep South -- and like everywhere in the U.S. --- Whites hold the power. But, in places like Mississippi- they have always fought back against Emancipation and Black Americans being citizens and not property.

    Mississippi was the most prosperous Slave State during Antebellum era - with over 50% of their White population/families enslaving ADOS ancestors -- and the other 50% Whites supported the system - in some way or another.

    They are still extremely bitter and pissed they lost their property and riches.



     
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    These muthafukkas are sad and boring. I’m not even mad.:snooze:
     

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