The handful of Mississippians who have risen from poverty to prominence occupy more space in our imaginations -- and our TVs, books, blogs, etc. -- than combined stories of the 256,000 Mississippi children currently living in poverty.
As Faulkner instructs, the past is never dead. But lingering Confederate sympathy among Mississippians – flaring in the wake of the University of Mississippi's diversity and inclusion report – proves that it is often misremembered.
More than one-fourth of Mississippi public schools are at least 90 percent black. Another tenth are at least 90 percent white. And, just as in 1964, students in those identifiably black schools receive an inferior education.