For a hundred years, the only real priority the Mississippi Democratic Party had was making sure black people never amassed any real power. Considering their tragic history, it's not hard to see why some black Mississippians today want to make sure white people have little if any power in the party, which is exactly what prompted Barbara Blackmon's palace coup last Saturday.
Blackmon and her supporters forget a very important thing though. Keeping the party all white was a really bad idea and it kept Mississippi down for many years, making the party all black now is just as bad an idea and can only work to weaken the state in the future. Allowing Ike Brown to remain in the party, let alone giving him any power, sends a powerful message about the party's real agenda.
If you sow bad seeds, you get bad fruit, and I suppose what's happening now is the fruit of a hundred years of bad seeds. It's pretty easy for somebody like me to say "this is a bad idea" or "you're headed in the wrong direction", but it probably won't do any good.
It's not a good idea to have one party of one race and another party of the other race, but that's where we are, and I really don't know how to change it. The Democrats may be on the rise nationally, but it'll be a while before anything changes in Mississippi. Since Blackmon and her lackey's decided to draw a line in the sand, it'll probably be even longer.
I've met her, I've seen her TV show (a very small audience), and I've watched her career for years and while she has a lot of energy and knows how to build a support base, but she's about as sharp as a bag of wet mice. Sadly, Mississippi has a long history of putting imbeciles in power who know only how to demagogue, but not how to lead.
The only solution is to change the seeds we sow. It's not enough to switch from sowing green poison apples to sowing red poison apples, we have to stop growing poison apples all together.