The Ugly Face of Racism …

Until a few days ago, the name Cindy Hyde-Smith had no meaning to me, but it has popped up on nearly every media outlet I’ve seen in the past several days.

Who is Cindy Hyde-Smith? 

Hyde-SmithCindy Hyde-Smith is the junior United States Senator from Mississippi, in office since April 2018.  A member of the Republican Party, she was previously the Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce and a member of the Mississippi State Senate.  In 1999, Hyde-Smith was elected to the Mississippi State Senate as a Democrat. She represented the 39th district from 2000 to 2012. In 2010, Hyde-Smith switched parties and became a Republican, citing her conservative beliefs.

On March 21, 2018, Governor Phil Bryant announced his intention to appoint Hyde-Smith to the United States Senate seat being vacated due to the resignation of Thad Cochran due to health issues.  She ran in the November 6th mid-term elections to finish out Cochran’s term until 2021.  She was the front-runner, but as she did not receive 50% of the votes, there will be a run-off election between herself and the democratic candidate, Mike Espy, on November 27th.

Hyde-Smith is a lifetime NRA member, anti-abortion, opposed to same-sex marriage, and supports Trump’s unnecessary and costly wall … pretty typical republican, nothing out of the ordinary, right?  FiveThirtyEight, which tracks congressional votes, reported that as of October 2018 she had voted with Trump’s position 100% of the time.  Another boot-licker in the pocket of the NRA … yawn.

So why is she all over the news?

Because … on November 2nd, at a campaign stop, while posing with a supporter … a white supporter … she said …

“If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.”

Say WHAT???  Have I mentioned that Hyde-Smith’s opponent, Mike Espy, is African-American?

Amid the hue and cry over her remark, at least five corporations asked for their donations back. AT&T, Leidos, and Walmart had donated a total of eight thousand dollars to her campaign but reversed that decision earlier this week. Smaller companies Union Pacific and Boston Scientific have also asked Hyde-Smith to return their donations.

And then, somebody dug up a photo that Hyde-Smith had posted to her Facebook account in 2014 that further inflamed the perception that she is a racist …Hyde-Smith-rifleA rifle and a confederate hat, and she wrote “Mississippi history at its best!”  Say WHAT???

Not surprisingly, Donald Trump jumped to her defense, saying …

“She made a statement, which I know she feels badly about it, and it was just sort of said in jest. She is a tremendous woman and it is a shame that she has to go through this.”

Excuse me, Mr. Trump, but there are some things that we do not joke about, and lynching, giving this nation’s shameful history, is one of those things.  I know you eschew political correctness and respect for others, but the majority of people in this nation are sensitive to the feelings of others.  This was not “in jest”, it was a cruel and racist remark from a woman who has no business representing the people of this nation in Congress.

On Tuesday, 18 days after her heinous statement, Ms. Hyde-Smith issued one of those meaningless ‘apologies’ that politicians are wont to do when they aren’t at all sorry for anything, but they’re taking some heat and … well, you know … elections?

“You know, for anyone that was offended by my comments, I certainly apologize. There was no ill will, no intent whatsoever in my statements. I have worked with all Mississippians. It didn’t matter their skin color type, their age or their income. That’s my record. This comment was twisted, was turned into a weapon to be used against me, a political weapon used for nothing but personal and political gain by my opponent. That’s the type of politics that Mississippians are sick and tired of.”

And if all of this wasn’t bad enough, Hyde-Smith was at yet another campaign stop in Starkville, Mississippi, when she offered her view on voting rights:

“And then they remind me, that there’s a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who that maybe we don’t want to vote. Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult. And I think that’s a great idea.”

For the third time, Say WHAT???

Ms. Hyde-Smith was maintaining a healthy lead in the polls over Espy until the beginning of November when she made her initial racist remark about lynching.  Since then, Espy’s numbers have come up and it is a very “tight race”.  It should not even be close, folks.  Anybody who would even consider casting a vote for this woman at this point cannot possibly be considered anything other than a racist, a bigot of the very worst sort.  If Hyde-Smith wins the election next Tuesday, it speaks volumes for the state of Mississippi and its people.  This is definitely NOT the sort of person we want to see in Congress!!!

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  4. Dear Jill,

    If Mississippi wants to shed its reputation as the most racist US state and if it wants to attract future business, the folks will vote for Mr. Espy even if they are racist. For financial reasons, the citizens of Mississippi cannot afford to give into their racist impulses.

    Hugs, Gronda

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  5. If she is not a racist, then Cindy Hyde-Smith’s sense of humor needs some enlightenment. However, when Trump defends and campaigns for a candidate there can be little (if any) doubt about their character…as her voting record has already shown. That aside, I would have to say that the 2014 photo and statement were already quite conclusive in regards to her ugly racist face! Thank-you!

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    • Indeed, it seems that the 2014 photo and comments would have been enough to keep her from ANY government office, and to have kept Governor Bryant from appointing her to fill in after Thad Cochran stepped down from the Senate. But … it is Mississippi. Are they really part of the U.S.? Fingers crossed that she loses BIG TIME on Tuesday!

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  6. Jill, I must confess I am weary and scared of racist comments like hers. The weary part is it is akin to Beavis and Butthead’s double entendres followed by their giggles. Like in with others, this was between a Freudian slip and a planned comment. As a Senate candidate, she should be called on the carpet for her use of this term.

    The scary part is she believes that it will work. The scarier part is it likely will. We must not allow this racism to be the norm. We need a check on our racist President, who will not overtly and consistently criticize racist tactics or actions, especially when he deploys them himself. Keith

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      • Good question. If I were a Congressperson or Senator, I would prepare for a series of responses. Something along the lines of:

        Mr. President, that kind of language is inappropriate and hurtful.

        After, he pushes back with his usual childish name calling, the response would be: Again, Mr. President when you act this way, it is beneath the divinity of the office.

        After he continues, the response should be Mr. President, America deserves better than this. You are President of the United States, please act like it.

        As it continues, I would say, Until you start dignifying the office, I think I will just call you Mr. Trump.

        None of the above would work, as he does not see name calling or racism as a problem of his.

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      • They are still in the minority, we are still a majority. The thing that makes our majority problematic is voter suppression techniques, such as gerrymandering, enhanced voter ID laws, poll closures, etc. That is what must be addressed in the next two years!

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    • I agree … it is juvenile and oh-so-inappropriate behaviour. She is sitting in the Senate right now, and I hope her colleagues give her the cold shoulder for her behaviour.

      The scariest part, indeed, is that she could very well win on Tuesday. Sigh.

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  7. I’m a pacifist, but in a moment of pure fantasy I see a plot for “Criminal Minds” that involves a horrible death for such politicians as Ms Hyde-Smith, with the ultimate victim being the Orange Turd. It takes place in DC, and needs about 5 shows before they catch the unsub.

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    • That is my sincere hope! Mississippi is a hotbed of racism, but even so, this woman is beyond anything that even the racists could justify. And that Trump calls her a ‘good woman’ and says ‘it’s a shame she has to go through this’ makes me just want to punch her … and him. Fingers crossed for a win by Mr. Mike Espy tomorrow.
      Cwtch

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  8. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    The run off is Tuesday Nov. 27 … I believe this is extremely important even though I don’t like in Mississippi …. ‘Anybody who would even consider casting a vote for this woman at this point cannot possibly be considered anything other than a racist, a bigot of the very worst sort. If Hyde-Smith wins the election next Tuesday, it speaks volumes for the state of Mississippi and its people. This is definitely NOT the sort of person we want to see in Congress!!’ … however, she’d fit right in!!

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    • I know that the south never quite gave up the Civil War, and that many still believe blacks are not quite equal, but this lady’s bigotry goes well beyond what even those people could possibly justify. I know it is quite possible that she will win, but that surely says a lot about our nation, doesn’t it?

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  9. Reblogged this on Failure to Listen and commented:
    Trump politician, Cindy Hyde-Smith thinks a racist strategy will win her a Senate seat from Mississippi. She could be right since Mississippi officially abolished slavery in 2013. The run-off election between her and Democratic candidate, Mike Espy, is November 27.

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