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Teen Opens Fire at Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade In Jackson, MS

A 19-year-old male opened fire during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in Jackson, MS.

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The black community is outraged by the action of a 19-year-old male who opened fire, striking one victim, during the 25th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in Jackson, MS. The unnamed gunman was apprehended by Jackson Police and charged with aggravated assault. The victim was transported to a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest. The condition of his health has not been released.

The parade, created by Kenneth and Larita Stokes, has been featured in Ebony and is revered as one of the top parades in the nation. “I believe Mississippi was close to Dr. King’s heart,” Larita told a local newspaper. “When he was at the March on Washington, he mentioned Mississippi several times. I believe he cared about Mississippi. And we love him still today.” A plethora of the city’s “who’s who” attend the parade. Last year, Jackson State President Dr. Carolyn Meyers was in attendance as the Grand Marshal and newly elected Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis was in attendance, along with a team of deputies on horseback. “This is a very special parade, very special to me today because these are my people. They helped me get elected. For the cause of the parade, it’s very important to me,” Lewis told a local newspaper.

African-American sorority and fraternities, children’s drill teams, cheerleaders, bands, etc. all participate in the parade annually.

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38 comments

  1. Peter D. Slaughter

    Let’s see how many will get this.
    These days when you have a black male or any other young male shooting with a gun.
    This is a learned,programmed,brainwashing type distorted behavior.
    It’s come from being an isolated,disempower,powerless,brainwashed black male youth.
    Also comes from listening to sell-out negative,self destructive rap music,plus watching destructive movies and playing these violent filled games over and over.
    Being exposed to killing and dying like it’s game.
    The solution for single black female or male parents. You need to get these games,movies and these trashy rap records out your house,which will limit the exposure some.

  2. What is being taught to our children? They have no respect for our very proud history, and that needs to quickly change!

  3. William H Leonard

    Why would someone be that stupid? Forgive him he does not knows what he had done. He should get some time an while severing made to study and give answers on what happen why people are marching and a good History lession.

  4. OFF ALL THE PLACES IN AMERICA, NO SHOOTING A PEACEFUL PARADE….. SHEEESSSHHHHH

  5. Truley sad. MLK taught love. But their is very little love comeing from some of the comments. You follow more of the early teaching of Malcolm X than you do of MLK. Dr. King taught love and respect. He taught that race is nothin but the color of the skin. It is the enternal worth that makes a man. We celebrate his birthday every year but we do not follow his teachings. If we did the color of the skin would be just like the color of hair or eyes. But instead of worshiping God, you worship the color of your skin. You make a club that only you and yours can join. You are no better than the KKK.

  6. Monday morning I will attend the “Largest MLK March In The World”, here in San Antonio, Texas.. I pray every year that our youth dont do something stupid.. My family and I have marched about 30 years and have’nt witnessed any troubles. I thank God for our Police, Fire and Emergency Techs for how they handle situations with peaceful solutions.I pray for all as we celebrate the life, works and accomplishments attributed to Dr. Kings vision!! Happy MLK Day!!

  7. Its really sad that our youth has lost the respect of who we are as a people if some of them had it at all. This is outrageous and shameful.

  8. If MLK were alive today he would NOT participate in MLK parades, especially in MS. I attended that parade from out of state. The streets were dirty and unkept, little girl girlsr in bands were half dressed, exposing MUCH more than a “child” should. The Stokes’ keep the level of expectation of the people they are suppose to represent so LOW, that they don’t expect or demand anything more. But they keep electing them so they can sponsor parades that go NOWHERE. If you really respected what MLK stood for, you would DEMAND more than a parade with penny candy and Mother’s Day signs tacked on telephone poles. SHAMEFUL. No wonder you have a young BLK man who has no respect for himself or those around him. If you want to see the cause, look in the mirror. You DESERVE MORE, DEMAND MORE!!!!

  9. The perp is a “BLACK” person!

    The old is gone! The new has come! But you don’t believe, you cling to the past and use it to prevent you from obtaining, or reaching all of the wonders that are your’s right now and in the future!

    The enemy is not always outside the family! Much of the destructiveness the harm comes from within!

    We try to make everyone believe (even ourselves) the problems all come from the white man, so we hate! Confirmed by the comments I’ve read.

    We have no excuse’s really, although we continue to falsely make them up! Everything that is wrong in our community is proclaimed to be the white mans fault! We are as bigoted and racist as anyone else!

    It’s class-ism, not racism! Their is a huge difference! Have you ever noticed those with a good education seem to understand how to get around racism? How come these same people are part of the upper middle class or seem so much better of financially! It’s class not race! You don’t know how to get out of the lower class, where life is hard! You make excuse’s when you should be going over, under around,or through any obstacle! Racism, stop the excuse’s, step up a class or two the view is great!

  10. David the white man leaves us to have double standards because we have to protect our own just as you do but you have and has always had the upper hand if a black child goes missing or killed not much is said but a white child may get months and months of media and searches.we get blamed for crimes we don’t comment we don’t get opportunities for rehabilitation in the court system like you do. I get tried of hearing white men claim double standard and that’s all you live by.you think for some reason we hate you. Why should we hate you you did and evil deed (slavely) and God brought us out of it (opportunity) just like you do but you still trying to bring that evil deed into play mostly thru economics keep a man down from his material needs and three ways you can go up down or stay the same. When people go down crime goes up when things stay somewhat the same crime levels off when there is prosperity less crime, except for the white man’s white collar crimes they seem to go up in prosperous times.Double standard huh I can’t get a job because you’re white you look like a better rep for their company not because you’re smarter.please donKt talk about double standards when you are the master.

  11. David the white man leaves us to have double standards because we have to protect our own just as you do but you have and has always had the upper hand if a black child goes missing or killed not much is said but a white child may get months and months of media and searches.we get blamed for crimes we don’t comment we don’t get opportunities for rehabilitation in the court system like you do. I get tried of hearing white men claim double standard and that’s all you live by.

    • You are right chris. I wish I could fix it. I’m a 59 year old man and I have see it all. I’m sorry that mankind is like this. Keep the faith

  12. Speak Christopher! I suppose that David guy is somewhere licking his wounds from the facts you so eloquently punched his Azz with.

  13. COME on of course they will not release the race, but i can tell you for a fact it was a white boy, i knew it when i saw the title of this story. bet he gets out on bail,

  14. The race is not being released and thus it implies that it is a white shooter as it normally goes, however given the fact that the victim’s health has not been released, it is likely that they do not want to set a course for retaliatory vigilante justice.

    Whatever the case, I hope that we are to get past this stuff one day in the near future, but considering the tension that has been created since the foundation, it is likely that it will continue.

    Replying to David Beach though, if you would bother to look at many of the mass shootings, the race of the shooter is more often than not, white and not released until there is a valid “write-off” excuse as to why he snapped or went off. When the shooter is Black, the statistics have proven that the mugshot is shown more often and increased amount of time. This illustrates the double standard you speak of and rather in the opposite direction you accuse. Considering the amount of negativity that is referenced in terms of the Black community, it is hard to even perceive validity in the accusations that you claim. Regardless, I would advise you to make sure that you do more research than to perpetuate such self-righteous indignation.

  15. daam he must of been black cause they dint mention it thank god it wasent a white person or all hell would of broke loose.

  16. That 'element', as Kelly Miller referred to them, strikes again. These deranged blacks are on the same level as deranged whites, a fact Dr. King, clearly understood!

  17. STUPID BORN EVERY SEC(DRUGS&MONEY) SOUND LIKE A SET-UP?

  18. Hope somebody beat his ass into a coma with a biography of MLK book while in jail. SMDH

  19. Henrie Henessy Lowe

    Why are you even on this site man??? @ David Beach

  20. Henrie Henessy Lowe

    @David Bitch..oops I mean Beach…double standard.??? Not here. I so tired of whites thinking their entitled to be let off the hook!

  21. Was there a real man around to beat his…….

  22. Henrie Henessy Lowe

    What race was the shooter?

  23. It's very sad that our youth don't understand our history. Why would a child shoot up a King parade?

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