The ACLU of Mississippi saved Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith a front row seat to their conversation on racism.
The event was organized in response to Hyde-Smith’s controversial comments about sitting front row at a public hanging.
ACLU leaders believe Cindy Hyde-Smith’s comments were insensitive and show her lack of knowledge on the history of racism in America, so Monday night they held a history lesson.
“You may have noticed that there is a reserved seat in the front row, we cordially invited sitting Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, as we believed that this could be a moment of education, and opportunity for a dually appointed US Senator to show sincere regret,” Jennifer Riley Collins, the Exec. Director of the ACLU of Mississippi, told a crowd of people.
Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith’s front row seat remained empty but hundreds of people flooded the seats around hers.
In recent weeks Hyde-Smith was caught on camera talking about attending a public hanging and making it more difficult for some people to vote.
Her comments were immediately met with backlash across the country, but right here in Mississippi many people saw her comments as an opportunity to address much larger issues.
“We believe that Mississippi is much better than those statements, but unfortunately Mississippi is suffering from some policies, that were built, that have institutionalized racism in Mississippi,” she said.
With just one week until the runoff election ACLU state director Jennifer Riley Collins says now is the time to have an in depth conversation about racism.
“Mississippi is a very diverse state, where I believe that we have really chosen to move forward, and so having statements made that invoke visions of our past is not what we want to represent,” Collins said.
We reached out to Hyde-Smith’s team to get her response to tonight’s event, and will let you know when we hear back.