The day the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to relocate the Confederate monument in front of the county courthouse, District Attorney Scott Colom’s parents could not believe it.
Stepping behind a microphone with nearly 350 masked marchers standing before her at the foot of the south end zone complex at Davis Wade Stadium, Mississippi State junior women’s basketball player Sidney Cooks spoke with a deep pain in her voice.
Aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday on a new policy to allow freedom of assembly, a right protected by the First Amendment, to happen on short notice without any procedural roadblocks if it is “in response to spontaneous events,” according to the policy provided with the meeting agenda.
Marching down Main Street, R.J. Matthews pulled off his blue cloth mask and held up his left hand in the air.
They wore white. They shook their fists in the air. They carried signs reading: “No more children in cages,” and “What’s next? Concentration Camps?”
In a jarring contrast, Israeli forces shot and killed 57 Palestinians and injured more than 2,700 during mass protests Monday along the Gaza border, while just a few miles away Israel and the U.S. held a festive inauguration ceremony for the new American Embassy in contested Jerusalem.
They bowed their heads in honor of the dead. They carried signs with messages like “Never again” and “Am I next?” They railed against the National Rifle Association and the politicians who support it.
And over and over, they repeated the message: Enough is enough.
When Afghanistan War veteran Joseph Smith saw NFL players take a knee or raise a fist during the playing of the national anthem last month, he wasn’t offended — he was proud. Where some saw it as disrespectful, he saw it as patriotic.
Most Americans think refusing to stand for the national anthem is disrespectful to the country, the military and the American flag. But most also disapprove of President Donald Trump’s calling for NFL players to be fired for refusing to stand.
Monday, at a volleyball game in New Hope, a group of Starkville High School athletes took a knee during the playing of the national anthem.