Around the South for Mar. 8: VA, MS & SC


Virginia: Jefferson, Jackson removed from Democratic dinner. The names of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson will no longer be on the invitations to the Virginia Democratic Party’s biggest annual fundraiser. Some in the party object to the two Virginia icons’ connections to slavery. The dinner will now be called the Blue Commonwealth Gala ……. Mississippi: Ole Miss acknowledges slavery connections. University of Mississippi Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter announced last week that six plaques were unveiled on the campus to provide information about the school’s ties to slavery, reports the Washington Post. Three buildings still in use were constructed with slave labor ……. South Carolina: State senator urges reparations to descendants of slaves. State Sen. Marlon Kimpson (D) on Monday tweeted that if the state rewrites its 123-year-old constitution, it should include a provision to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves “who built this state providing free labor,” reports The State newspaper. Meanwhile, last Saturday US Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), speaking in Selma, AL, answered a question from the audience by saying she would “be happy” to introduce legislation to provide reparations to the descendants of slaves, reported The Daily Caller. “If we want … reparations,” Waters said, Democrats must take back the House this fall and the White House in 2020 …….