The January 16 article in the Commercial Dispatch about Mr. Lanier’s “offense” over the post office mural just about bordered on the absurd. Through history, art has been used to provide religious, social, and political commentary, record and reflect history, and inspire and provoke thought.
I am a native Mississippian who chose to stay and live my life here. I am proud to call Mississippi home. Yes, parts of our past are dark and shameful, but the greater part of our story is rich and something that should make us all proud.
We can only carry on to a brighter future if we both remember and forgive our past. That forgiveness includes acknowledging the offense then letting it go–on all sides. Mississippi has made great strides in racial reconcilation and we continue that work today. Perhaps Mr. Lanier should focus his energies on the “offenses” in his home state of Colorado and leave us to continue our work here.
Jean N. Bigelow0