You Know How Hot It Gets In Mississippi


David and Linda Beito remember the life and death of the Rev. George W. Lee, a civil rights activist murdered 50 years ago this month.

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  1. They’re right, until today I didn’t know a thing about Rev Lee.

    As a kid in the ’50’s this black guy named Johnny Robinson who worked with my dad at Goodyear talked about what it was like to travel from Ca to Mississippi to visit his in-laws. He’d never been out of San Bernardino and he was shocked and appalled at how blacks were treated. He nearly got arrested for refusing to get off the sidewalk so two white men could continue on their way in some small burg back there. He swore he would never return. I’m sure he didn’t.

  2. “He swore he would never return. I’m sure he didn’t.”

    Can’t say I blame the fellow if he didn’t.

  3. I hope they find the guy(s) who did these things, if they’re still alive and punish them to the fullest extent of the law.

    But at least one thing holds true – if it’s got Mississippi in the title, it’s going to be about racism and lynchings and other evile shite somehow. (Like every movie title with the word in it.)

  4. Apparently, all the people who killed Lee (most of whom were in the Citizens Councils) are dead.

    Jesse: Thanks! For reasons which are unclear to me, Lee’s death got virtually no news coverage in 2005 (in contrast to 1955).

  5. Well, there’s no justice in those jackasses getting to live out their lives with nary a brush with the law. But if you believe in an afterlife, I guess you can hope they are getting what’s coming to them.

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