AG candidate addresses blackface photo from yearbook

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A photo surfaces showing a candidate for attorney general with two people in blackface.
It was during rush in 1978.  According to an article in the yearbook, the Swannanoa Tribe at Mississippi College presented a spin-off to the television show Gunsmoke.
That’s where this photo comes into play.

The caption at the bottom of the photo says “fusses at the saloon patrons
for poker playing.”

Andy Taggart is seen second from left participating in the skit. There’s two people wearing blackface. Taggart wasn’t available for an interview but released this statement:

“A photo taken of a skit while I was in college 40 years ago does not override a career committed to vocally encouraging inclusion and treatment of all people with dignity.”

Andy Taggart is running against state treasurer Lynn Fitch and state representative Mark Baker in the republican primary in August. Democrat Jennifer Riley – the executive director of the ACLU is also in the race.  Earlier this year, photos emerged. While Lt. Governor Tate Reeves was a Kappa Alpha fraternity member at Millsaps College, members of his fraternity wore blackface.  
    Another picture is from an Ole Miss yearbook showing Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity members at the time when Jim Hood was a member in the 1980’s. One person is even wearing what looks like a white sheet or pillowcase.
    Reeves and Hood who are both running for governor deny wearing blackface.
    

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