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  •  Mississippi is still burning (7+ / 0-)

      ESPN has a wonderful documentary series called 30 for 30.  They recently showed documentary called Ghosts of Ole Miss which explored the state of the campus in 1962 when James Meredith, the first African American student to not only play for Ole Miss but to even attend the school wa admitted over the objections of many, including then Governor Ross Barnett.  His admission was met with deadly riots and JFK had to call in the National Guard.  While all of this was going on the football team was experiencing an undefeated season.  

    The show's writer had this to say about his work:

    If you are not from the South, I hope you watch this and realize how far my state has come, what incredible changes have been realized in the past 50 years. If you are from the South, I hope you watch and realize how far we have left to travel.
    And boy was he ever right about both.  
    This was a very emotional documentary that tried to tell the story from multiple angles and included interviews with former players and students as well as Meredith himself.
    The program was originally broadcast the end of October but I did not see it until just a few days ago at the urging of my son.  So I was watching knowing of the riots that took place after the reelection of our President.   What struck me watching was those people who even today can not confront the truth.  They would rather burry it and pretend it never happened.  To quote one man, by bringing this up, even in it's historical context, you are just picking at a scab. They are so concerned with what other people may think about the University they love and the State they call home that they can't see their inability address the problem head on and deal with it just allows this sort of thing to continue.  It was really depressing realizing that some people just never will learn.

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