OPINION: Running While Black: Dem AG Nominee Reveals Privilege, Ghosts Faced in Race


On Wednesday, Nov. 6, I woke up, grabbed my phone and drafted my statement to thank my supporters and congratulate Lynn Fitch on being "positioned" as Mississippi’s next attorney general. Although pundits used words like "lost" and "defeated" to describe my situation, I simply rebuke such characterization as I had spent months boxing with a ghost opponent.

The Republican nominee refused to answer my request for four debates, declined to appear at four other forums to which we were invited and did not show up at candidate rallies where I would also be (with the exception of two staunchly Republican venues, the Neshoba County Fair and HobNob). She even avoided the press. Heck, the media would ask me, "where's Lynn?" I would smile and say, "I don't know, I am on a job interview and am asking my future employers to hire me. The way it works for me is I must show up to get the job."

Fitch knew she didn't have to show up or work for it. She had been made promises and had made promises. So she simply sat back and waited to be positioned. That, my friend, is "privilege" at its finest. This privilege is real. It is why some expect others to "take care of me, once again,” even though taking care of others has not been reciprocated.

In response to privilege such as Fitch’s, some will say, ”they win anyway, so why run, why vote?" Because as Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer said when asked if the system will ever work properly: "We have to make it work. … You've got to fight. Every step of the way, you've got to fight."

‘I Boxed Racial Bias, Gender Bias, Organizational Bias’

So I did. I fought every step of the way. The other nominee was not the only ghost

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