Thursday, March 25, 2010
The 1988 film Mississippi Burning features Gene Hackman and Willam Defoe as FBI agents investigating the murder of three civil rights workers in 1964 amidst a local environment of ignorance and hostile racist culture in Mississippi.
Four decades later, the deep south hasn't changed. Ignorance and bigotry continue to rule in Jackson, Mississippi, where high school officials recently chose to cancel the high-school prom rather than allow a lesbian student to attend the event with her girlfriend.
Mississippi "school board", meet Gene Hackman: