CLARION LEDGER: Rep. Carpenter injects race into Initiative 42


Rep. Bubba Carpenter, R-Burnsville, just pulled the veil back on what many of us have been saying about a particular point being made by those opposed to Initiative 42.

In a speech to the Tishomingo County Midway Republican Rally, Carpenter outlined his opposition to Initiative 42. He initially used the same language as most opponents, that a Hinds County judge would be deciding the fate of public education funding. Mind you, the language being voted on does not mention Hinds County at all. And while any legal challenge to the Legislature would take place in Hinds County, it’s funny how opponents have been quick to point out everything that’s not in the amendment language but this one fact.

Many assume the “Hinds County judge” language is used as a means of saying “black judge,” though opponents have been adamant that such a claim is ridiculous, even feigning insult when the question is asked.

Enter Bubba Carpenter.

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