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Justin Brooks: Defund the police

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Local Columns

In 2015, former Columbus police officer Canyon Boykin killed Ricky Ball, a 26-year-old black man. Last week Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch dropped the manslaughter charges brought against Boykin.


Our View: Public and press prevail in pursuit of LTC names

Posted earlier today in Dispatch Editorials



Voice of the people: William Hairston



Wyatt Emmerich: Burl Cain is a solid choice to head MDOC

Posted earlier today in National Columns

I support the appointment of Burl Cain as the new head of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. I know Cain comes with some baggage.


Cartoonist View: 6/3/20

Posted earlier today in National Columns


Froma Harrop: Christian Cooper Showed Us the Awesome Power of Self-Control

Posted yesterday in National Columns

I come here not to condemn Amy Cooper, the white woman who called police and falsely claimed that an African American man named Christian Cooper was attacking her, but rather to praise Christian Cooper, who had done nothing more than ask her to leash her dog. The confrontation happened in New York's Central Park, where dogs are supposed to be kept on leashes.



Leonard Pitts: George Floyd's death raises an old question: 'How long?'

Posted yesterday in National Columns

"I know you're asking today, how long will it take?" Thus spake Martin Luther King Jr. at the end of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march. He went on to assure his soul-weary people that the moment of their deliverance was just a little ways down the road.



Home Base: Dear fellow white people

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Looting is stupid. Riots are not the "language of the unheard," a quote I have seen so many people post on social media over the past few days. With due respect to the late, great civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., my take is that violent riots and looting are more the fury of opportunists looking to score their personal "pound of flesh" against the "system," without any regard to a coherent, shared objective of reduci



Our View: Local leaders rise to the challenge

Posted yesterday in Dispatch Editorials


Hailey Hawkins: Ricky Ball: A tale of two traffic stops

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Columbus, Mississippi, is my home. I was born at Baptist Memorial Hospital. I grew up on Southside dancing at the Market Street Festival each year and playing in the clay of the Tenn-Tom waterway.

Possumhaw: Mystery in the making

Posted 6/1/2020 in Local Columns

Gazing out the sunroom window I noticed movement in the garden's raised bed. Just over the top of the railroad tie, something brown went around and around.

Slimantics: A matter of Black and Blue and which really matters

Posted 6/1/2020 in Local Columns

Whenever racists are confronted with indisputable evidence of police brutality against black people, they seek the protection of a mighty fortress: Blue Lives Matter.


Voice of the people: Concerned church staff member



Voice of the people: Bill Gillmore



Voice of the people: Jerry Fortenberry



Voice of the people: Jiben Roy


Local Voices: A high school graduate's perspective

Posted 5/30/2020 in Local Columns

It took me a good while to figure out how to start this article. Partially because I shouldn't even be writing it. I should be basking in my graduation glory, at Slip and Dip with my friends, not planning my only outing for the week to be Walmart because everything else is closed.


Voice of the people: Angela Jones



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