|(Photo by William Spell Jr.)|
A glance at the calendar reveals its now late August, which mean’s its time for the start of a new academic year around America. It also signals the end of summer and the return of (black) college football and marching band seasons.
Around the country, HBCUs opened their doors to new students, returning students and the community by holding events that signaled the start of something new. The scene was the same in Jackson, Mississippi as Jackson State’s Sonic Boom, featuring the J-Setts dance team, performed in the state’s capital city.
Meanwhile, a group of people gathered to rally in support of the embattled Confederate Flag, which many people suddenly realized was a symbol of racial oppression in the south after only 150 or so years.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Even in this age of constantly streaming media images, this one stands out.
We could try to decode what this picture says about the complicated state of race relations in 2015, just two months after a young man rallying under the call of that flag killed nine black people in a church in Charleston, South Carolina.
We could look at the historical significance of how the spirit of that flag began the South’s long paternalistic/abusive nature of historically black colleges like Jackson State.
We could discuss how many of those flag’s supporters will root for teams like Ole Miss and Mississippi State, who only recently began accepting players that look like the Jackson State band.
But we’ll just let the photo speak for itself.