Urban News & Lifestyle: 15th Inmate Dies In Mississippi Prison, MSU Apologizes For Hanging Historical Black Figures From Tree & More!

15TH INMATE DIES IN MISSISSIPPI PRISON

Reports say that another Mississippi inmate has died, bringing the toal number of in-custody deaths toi 15. According to Mississippi Clarion Ledger, 39-year-old Jesus Garcia was found unresponsive in his cell on Saturday (February 1st) at the Wilkinson Country Correctional Facility, Management and Training Corp.  He did not respond to life-saving measures and was pronounced dead at 12:52 p.m.

Prison officials said that there was no obvious sign of assault.  Garcia’s cause of death is still under investigation. Garcia was serving a 20-year sentence for capital rape. 

More than half of inmate deaths in the state of Mississippi have occured at Parchman State Prison.

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY APOLOGIZES FOR HANGING HISTORICAL BLACK FIGURES FROM TREE IN BLACK HISTORY MONTH DISPLAY

Michigan State University has apologized for an offensive Black History Month display on campus. According to WILX, the display, which was featured at the Wharton Center gift shop, showed historical, notable Black figures hanging from a rack that resembled a tree. 

The display was taken down on Friday (January 31st) after people started complaining. MSU spokesperson Emily Gerkin Guerrant said in a statement,  “We sincerely apologize to our community members and have immediately removed the display. Additionally, after the Wharton Center reported the incident, it agreed to provide employees and volunteers with racial bias training that focuses on the impact and understanding of intentional and unintentional racial bias."

Students responded, telling the news station that this is not the first time something offensive happened on campus. Adam Hafner, an MSU student, said, “This isn’t MSU’s first run into something similar to this and also that this can’t keep happening."

Another student, Krystal Davis-Dunn added, “How many apologies are they going to make, how many more apologies? You know, what is the action plan? I need something real. I need some transparency. I need to know what is happening."