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Mississippi man pleads guilty to cross burning, sentenced to 11 years in federal prison.

Racism and segregation is still alive and well in the dirty south. I've witnessed it for over 65 years.


SonnyBubba 6 Sep 11

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You can not change the hearts and minds of a social group by leaving them as outcasts and jailing them for their beliefs ... you will only have real change through small steps that chip away the prejudice .. on both sides


Maybe a little too harsh, but it will send a message.


Wasn't that long ago he could have lynched someone or bombed a church and gotten off with no jail


I'm glad he was sentenced to 11 years in prison.


What should one be "sentenced" to for burning other symbols of things they don't like? Football effigies, for example? Or flags?

I would imagine that would depend on where you burn them.


You need to read up on the history of slavery, cross burning, Jim Crow laws, intimidation and lynching of black people in America.

@LiterateHikerI know history rather well. One of my degrees is in history. My point was: Doesn't the burning of symbols constitute 'freedom of expression'? Even if others take offense? Would you be clamoring for jail terms for people who burn American flags? Or Donald Trump effigies?

Cross-burning has a long history of being a method to frighten and intimidate. It's a threat. It's an implicit threat performed while trespassing on and damaging someone's property. It often leads to additional threats, sometimes lethal. The perpetrator himself said that's the reason he did it. It's completely different than burning flags or effigies.

@Lauren I don't care what you burn, so long as it's not toxic to others, and so long as you are doing it on your own property, or have the property owner's permission. I don't have to watch! I wouldn't dream of calling out for eleven years' imprisonment, either!

@davknight I believe you're free to burn as many crosses as you want on your own property (local ordinances accepted). But that isn't what happened here, thus the eleven year sentence.

@davknight It was not in his yard. It was in a black person's yard. If this is ok with you, there is something seriously wrong with you. I do believe 11 years is too much.

The fact that it's a cross is incidental. If the KKK had burned bails of hay in people's yards prior to lynching them, then this clown would have burned a bail of hay, thus earning him that prison sentence.


I don't like what he did, I loathe it actually but I think the punishment is excessive.


I saw it when I worked in the oil patch in Louisiana.


I agree. I have lived in the south for 63 of my 82 years.


With my recollection of racism, 50 years ago he’d have gone back to work like any other day. Now he’s going to prison. Took a daughter to (near constantly) point out to me how much things have changed ..for the better.

When seeking a new home, the only place I was seriously warned off from was ‘the deep South.’ Obviously, they’re still fucked up.. But hopefully a bit less so 😕

Varn Level 8 Sep 11, 2019

I've never fully understood why people think something like this is a thing to do.

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