Combing over high school and college yearbooks of politicians, looking for incriminating photos, is apparently turning into a cottage industry. Now, photographs of Republican Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ college fraternity dressed as confederate soldiers have surfaced, as well as a story of a racist party in 1994 where everyone wore Afro wigs and shouted the N-word — apparently what passes for youthful hijinx down south. The Hill:
Reeves was a member of Kappa Alpha at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., when the fraternity hosted a party in 1994 that included Afro wigs and pledges wearing Confederate flags around their necks, according to USA Today.
Fraternity members allegedly shouted the N-word at the party, USA Today reported, citing the school’s newspaper, and the school’s Black Student Association later requested the fraternity be suspended, according to the student newspaper.
Laura Hipp, a spokeswoman for Reeves, told USA Today: “As a quick Google search will show, Lt. Gov. Reeves was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. Like every other college student, he did attend costume formals and other parties, and across America, Kappa Alpha’s costume formal is traditionally called Old South in honor of the Civil War veteran who founded the fraternity in the 1800s.”
Reeves, who is the GOP front-runner in this year’s gubernatorial race, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
The Republican primary for this year’s gubernatorial race is slated for Aug. 6, when Reeves will face off against state Rep. Robert Foster.
They loves them their Old South formals, with all the women decked out like Scarlett O’Hara, dancing the Virginia reel.
George Wallace’s ghost must be floating around enjoying all of this, coinciding with the start of Black History Month. Wallace’s ghost is undoubtedly up there with Robert E. Lee’s. Lee founded the Kappa Alpha order back in 1865, and it’s apparently flourishing just fine, true to his white supremacist precepts.
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