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DingLeeBerry
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Former Freedom Rider Surprised to Discover MS State Fair 1800s Exhibit Isn’t Offensive

Some take offense at state fair attraction. Andy Gipson says there’s nothing offensive about it.

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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The state fair is now underway and many people are heading to the fairgrounds to be a part of the fun. However, the gates to this year’s event didn’t swing open without controversy. One display at the fair is called Mississippi Frontier Village. It’s centered around life in Mississippi during the 1800s. For many people, this caused concerns - including Hezekiah Watkins.


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As Watkins walked through the Mississippi Frontier Village on Thursday, he admits, he was worried about what he’d see. ”The theme was going to be in the 1800s, that became very offensive to me,” said Watkins, who is a Jackson resident. “In the 1800s we were still being brought over here on slave ships.” See, Watkins was a Freedom Rider. The civil rights activist spent his life fighting for justice and equality, even being arrested more than 100 times. While looking at the display, to his surprise, nothing about it was offensive which he said is a relief.


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After being here today, I don’t see anything that represents what I saw on TV,” Watkins expressed.


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Andy Gipson, Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, said the display isn’t and shouldn’t be offensive to anyone. “Any child would be welcomed here, because this is a family friendly, fun, Frontier Village,” said Gipson. When asked about the backlash the setup is receiving, Gipson said the majority of it came before anyone had a chance to see it for themselves.


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The Mississippi Frontier Village features things such as a western comedy show, pig racing, and a petting zoo, just to name a few.


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Babylon Bee?


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. ”The theme was going to be in the 1800s, that became very offensive to me,”


That’s because you’re an idiot


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Unpossible

This has to be offensive to someone somewhere

-MSM


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What happened in the early 1800’s in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee was atrocious.
First, you had the trail of tears which was nothing more than ethnic cleansing. Then, the pioneers came and managed to clear land and start scratching out a living here, but the aristocracy came in, told them the land they’d settled didn’t belong to them, and stole it to replace these frontier family farms (which were largely subsistence farms with little in the way of cash crops) with massive chattel slave plantations growing cotton.

It was these displaced frontiersmen who then went to Texas to escape the aristocracy, only to be thrown into conflict with the new Mexican government after they had overthrown the Spanish government which had invited the settlers.
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kingbob


You should have a funnel cake while you watch the pig races. Might improve your outlook on life.


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Both the natives and the first wave of settlers got the shaft to pave the way for the Cotton Kingdom. It's a shame that an atrocity had to occur to make room for the wholesome lifestyle portrayed in the state fair exhibit, only for those folks to have their land and homes stolen out from under them and be forced further west to Texas.
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re: Former Freedom Rider Surprised to Discover MS State Fair 1800s Exhibit Isn’t Offensive
Interviewee's perception:

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“In the 1800s we were still being brought over here on slave ships.”


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In January 1807, with a self-sustaining population of over four million enslaved people in the South, some Southern congressmen joined with the North in voting to abolish the African slave trade, an act that became effective January 1, 1808.


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They need to stop following the narrative of these conspiracy theories. Incredibly small portion of the 1800's involved the Atlantic slave trade in America.



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Eli Goldfinger
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Hezekiah


Hippie parents


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Hezekiah Watkins


Clearly doesn't understand racism. What an uncle Tom.



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What did he think he’d see? Slaves picking cotton while Democrats sat on the porch watching them?


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“In the 1800s we were still being brought over here on slave ships.”


Prior life?


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Hezekiah

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Hippie parents


Nice try.

Number one, if Hezekiah was a freedom rider in 1964, how the heck did he have "hippie parents" when there were no hippies yet in 1964?

Number two, "Hezekiah" is a religious, biblical name; no doubt given to him by church-going, god-fearing parents, not "hippies". Hezekiah was one of the more prominent kings of Judah mentioned in the Bible, present in the 2nd Book of Kings and the 2nd Book of Chronicles. Also one of the kings mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew.


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deltaland
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After being here today, I don’t see anything that represents what I saw on TV,” Watkins expressed.


You mean the media lied in order to cause controversy that wasn’t there? Shocker


TV and social media are ruining this country.


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