Mississippi Governor Declares ‘Confederate Heritage Month’ During Coronavirus Pandemic

Adrian Ovalle

In the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) has actually made the effort to state April “Confederate Heritage Month.”

The pronouncement came 2 days after Reeves altered his position and provided a statewide ordering closing down unnecessary organisations and ordering citizens to remain home, according to the Jackson Free Press.

Reeves’ pronouncement states April is the month when, in 1861, “the American Civil War began between the Confederate and Union armies, reportedly the costliest and deadliest war ever fought on American soil.”

In 2016, then-Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed a comparable pronouncement, although that a person put obligation for the Civil War directly on the shoulders of the Confederacy: “April is the month when the Confederate states began and ended a four-year struggle.” Reeves’ pronouncement, as the Jackson Free Press kept in mind, appears to spread out the blame around.

Reeves dealt with substantial criticism for being sluggish to provide a stay-at-home order for his state. And when he did so, his order was less stringent than what some mayors had actually currently done, enabling churches, along with dining establishments with 10 or less people, to remain open as “essential” organisations. He likewise took a chance at “liberal jurisdictions” that were closing down more organisations.

In a follow- up order, Reeves shut down dining establishments also, limiting them to drive- through, curbside pickup and shipment.

Reeves did not return an ask for comment on his Confederate history pronouncement.

Reeves has actually long had ties to pro-Confederate companies. In 2013, as lieutenant governor, Reeves spoke at an event for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a neo-Confederate organization that declares the Civil War was not about slavery.

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves (R) spoke at a Boys of Confederate Veterans event in2013

And as HuffPost reported in 2015, Reeves belonged to Kappa Alpha Order at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, a college fraternity that was understood for pro-Confederate screens and run- ins with black trainees– which ended up being a problem in his gubernatorial run.

The fraternity seeks to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee as its spiritual leader. A 1993 yearbook noted Reeves as a freshman that year, and he was included as a Kappa Alpha member beginning in the 1994 yearbook.

On Oct. 8, 1994, members of Kappa Alpha and another fraternity “donned Afro wigs and tied large Confederate flags around their necks,” according to a post in The Clarion-Ledger at the time. A few of them were likewise supposedly in blackface. The fraternity bros “got into a shouting match” over the occurrence with some black trainees.

In 1995, the Kappa Alpha yearbook page revealed a group of trainees standing with a Confederate flag in military outfit. It’s not clear if Reeves remained in the picture, although he was likewise envisioned as a member of the fraternity that year.

“As a quick Google search will show, Lt. Gov. Reeves was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. Like every other college student, he did attend costume formals and other parties, and across America, Kappa Alpha’s costume formal is traditionally called Old South in honor of the Civil War veteran who founded the fraternity in the 1800s,” Reeves’ spokesperson stated in 2019, in action to the debate.

“I condemn racism because that’s the way I was raised,” Reeves added at the time, “and I will tell you that’s the way I have governed as lieutenant governor.”

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