Blog

Delta Manhunt, Booze, Guns & More: ‘You Call It Justice, But It’s Just Another Word For Jive” (Margaret Block, Civil Rights Poet)

Margaret Block, a Mississippi social activist who has been speaking out on the August Charleston incident, is shown here in Meridian, advocating for arrests of men involved in the killing of civil rights workers in 1964. In the same year, Margaret, a SNCC volunteer in Tallahatchie County, was targeted by the Klan and thus forced to flee the county for her own safety. Photo by Susan Klopfer

A Stunning Story Comes Out of the Mississippi Delta

From the Jackson Free Press —

Federal authorities are investigating an Aug. 20 incident in which armed white citizens, using a military vehicle, helped search for an unarmed black burglary suspect in the Delta.

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, of Mississippi’s second congressional district, confirmed to the Jackson Free Press Monday that the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice are investigating the manhunt, which took place outside Sumner in Tallahatchie County.

“Anytime one takes the law in their own hands—if it’s in this situation or others—it’s absolutely illegal,” Thompson said. “While people have the right to protect themselves, they don’t have the right to put other people at risk at any time.”

The Mississippi NAACP and ACLU have also condemned the incident, which NAACP President Derrick Johnson said should be investigated as a “racial hate crime.”

“Federal authorities are investigating an Aug. 20 incident in which armed white citizens, using a military vehicle, helped search for an unarmed black burglary suspect in the Delta. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, of Mississippi’s second congressional district, confirmed to the Jackson Free Press Monday that the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice are investigating the manhunt, which took place outside Sumner in Tallahatchie County.

“Anytime one takes the law in their own hands—if it’s in this situation or others—it’s absolutely illegal,” Thompson said. “While people have the right to protect themselves, they don’t have the right to put other people at risk at any time.” The Mississippi NAACP and ACLU have also condemned the incident, which NAACP President Derrick Johnson said should be investigated as a “racial hate crime.”

Story continues —