‘Nobody ever chose him’: Dreams deferred for Jackson youth caught in violence cycle

It was unusually warm and sunny on Dec. 9, 2020, as Oren D’Lonte Anderson drove his white Lexus, produced in 1998 in the same year of his birth, around his neighborhood in South Jackson. Oren had turned 22 years old just five months prior on July 26 and had spent at least 15 years of his life in and around Sloane Street behind Wingfield High School, his alma mater.  On this same day in early December, two impalpable and seemingly invisible storms were looming.  Mississippi was seeing a record number of COVID-19 cases. The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 2,746 cases on Dec. 9, 2020. This number was approximately 1,000 cases higher than the previous day and 500 higher than the day after. Additionally, the COVID death toll that day was 24 – lower than the 56 and 42, respectively, of the adjacent days, but it brought the total

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Jackson’s water system: How did we get here? And how does it get fixed?

The 1990s saw a dramatic change in Jackson’s racial makeup. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, nearly 35,000 white residents fled the city from 1990 to 2000. The white population dropped dramatically while the Black population continued to rise. White residents took their tax dollars to the surrounding bedroom communities. Between 2000 and 2020 the populations of Madison and Rankin counties grew by 35,000 and 42,000, respectively.  In a state where the economy was built on a history of racial struggles, what was left in Jackson was a high concentration of low-wage jobs, renters, and impoverished families. This caused revenue to take a hit, as many families were simply unable to afford any pronounced increase in services. According to Brookings Metro Monitor, the Jackson metro area has only increased jobs by 6.6% between 2009 and 2019. Over that same period, median wages in Jackson declined by 7.6%. And as wages

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A Salute to Dr. Ivory Phillips!

Dr. Ivory Phillips has been a contributing writer to the Jackson Advocate for 42 years. He has been instrumental in highlighting issues in the Jackson community that deal with education and politics.

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By Anne T. Sulton, Ph.D., J.D.JA Senior International Correspondent Dozens of cargo ships carrying nearly a half million containers stuffed full of products, including holiday

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