State of Mississippi Archives: on Families & Children


Phil Bryant: Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi: 2-parent families

[One of our] objectives for success should be for every Mississippian to be born into a mature, two-parent family. Our Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi program has conducted community meetings and seminars all across the state. We have involved schools, churches, families, health care professionals and, most importantly, teens, in community discussions regarding decision-making and healthy behavior.

We have started making a difference. According to the annual report of the Mississippi State Department of Health, our state's teen pregnancy rate declined by 10.3% in 2012.

I believe we have also done an admirable job in protecting our children, both born and unborn. By strengthening the Child Protection Act and by requiring that abortionists obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals, we are protecting women's health. But let me be clear, on this unfortunate anniversary of Roe versus Wade, my goal is to end abortion in Mississippi.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Mississippi legislature Jan 22, 2014

Chris McDaniel: Hip-hop culture values prison more than college

In a promotional segment for his Christian conservative radio program, Right Side Radio, McDaniel conflated rap music with failing schools and broken communities. "Name a redeeming quality of hip-hop. I want to know anything about hip-hop that has been good for this country. And it's not--before you get carried away--this has nothing to do with race. Because there are just as many hip-hopping white kids and Asian kids as there are hip-hopping black kids. It's a problem of a culture that values prison more than college; a culture that values rap and destruction of community values more than it does poetry; a culture that can't stand education. It's that culture that can't get control of itself."
Source: Mother Jones magazine AdWatch: 2014 Mississippi Senate race Jan 7, 2014

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