BY: B. Keith Plunkett | UCF Staff @Keithplunkett In a commentary published in the Daily Journal on Sunday, Tupelo area media consultant, pastor and community organizer James Hull resorts to blind cultural bigotry as a means to attack what he calls intolerance. He concludes by giving himself a giant pat-on-the-back for exercising such “courage”. Hull’s … Continue reading PLUNKETT: James Hull’s commentary is a descent into cultural bigotry.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett | UCF Staff @Keithplunkett Most agree that it was a mistake when State Representative Bubba Carpenter told a crowd a few days ago that they should beware of Initiative 42 because it gave “a black judge in Hinds County” authority to rewrite education policy. When the comments were reported the denouncements … Continue reading PLUNKETT: Rep. Carpenter’s insensitive comments vocalizes “dog-whistle” politics that political parties and government institutions have been guilty of for decades.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett | UCF Staff @Keithplunkett In an AP feature article that ran over the weekend about former Netscape and FedEx executive Jim Barksdale, and his push for education in Mississippi, he said of his support of Initiative 42: “Think about the justice. Think about the common good. The common good is to … Continue reading PLUNKETT: No, Mr. Barksdale, #Initiative42 and #MAEP are not about justice.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett | UCF Staff @Keithplunkett It seems my last commentary got a few people's hackles raised when I questioned the apparent lack of interest by the state Republican party in a top-tier presidential candidate visiting Mississippi. Frank Corder, fresh off of a campaign of his own, is back writing for Yall Politics. … Continue reading PLUNKETT: The conservative movement in Mississippi will have its say with or without the state GOP.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett | UCF Staff @Keithplunkett Maybe you’ve heard. There is a major GOP presidential candidate coming to the state of Mississippi on Tuesday. But if you are aware, you didn’t get that information from the Mississippi Republican Party. Ted Cruz, a favorite among conservatives, has been drawing huge crowds on his "SEC … Continue reading PLUNKETT: A top-tier presidential candidate is coming to the state. Where’s the Mississippi Republican Party?
BY: B. Keith Plunkett | UCF Staff @Keithplunkett This is about more than a flag. Way more. The zombies of political correctness, political opportunism and marketing have surrounded us. One by one, those without the fortitude and cultural knowledge, isolated by the lust for power or just easily distracted and entertained, have given way and … Continue reading PLUNKETT: Anti-flag movement is morphing into an anti-history movement and mob rule.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett | UCF Staff @Keithplunkett A few weekends ago I sat in a dimly lit cinder block building in Bentonia Mississippi that I knew well and reminisced with an old family friend named Jimmy “Duck” Holmes. Duck is world renowned as the aficionado of a style of blues guitar simply known as … Continue reading PLUNKETT: The state flag isn’t the problem; forgetting our humanity is.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett | UCF Staff @Keithplunkett The argument from the protectors of the bureaucracy who are against Gov. Phil Bryant using his veto authority to do away with SB 2161 has moved from blind allegiance (But, look so many legislators voted for it. It must be good, right?); to political apology (Sorry, we … Continue reading PLUNKETT: SB 2161 perpetuates statism of #CommonCore; Gov. Bryant should exercise his veto power and “wipe the chalkboard clean”.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett | UCF Staff @Keithplunkett To read all the recent ink spilled over Sen. Chris McDaniel, Sen. Michael Watson and Sen. Melanie Sojourner one might think they were expected to launch a coup d'etat of all state government in Mississippi . Bill Crawford writes an opinion article out this week where he … Continue reading PLUNKETT: Political Establishment: Who us, worried? We’re not worried. Do we look worried?