In the News, Summer 2022

“In The News” is published quarterly and provides a sampling of stories, articles, or reviews that reference or relate to beliefs, myths, and narratives in Southern culture since 1970.


“Debunking myths about gun violence” from Johns Hopkins University (June 13, 2022)

“But the places with the highest rates of death are not Maryland, Michigan, and Illinois. They are Mississippi, Louisiana, Wyoming, Missouri, and Alabama.”


“WICKER: ‘Voter Suppression’ in Georgia a Myth” on Y’all Politics (June 7, 2022)

“Two weeks ago, Georgia held its first election primaries since the new election law took effect, and far from ‘suppressing’ the vote, there was record turnout. [ . . . ] Every leader who spread these lies about the Georgia law owes an apology to the American people.”

“Seven myths about overturning Roe v. Wade” from the Catholic News Agency (June 24, 2022)

“That said, there exist dozens of state laws regulating abortion that were, up until the court’s June 24 ruling, in legal limbo or struck down entirely for being out of step with Roe, and thus unconstitutional. Now, those laws will be able to come into effect. They include a total ban on abortion in these states: Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.”


“The new Juneteenth federal holiday traces its roots to Galveston, Texas” from NPR (June 20, 2022)

“Two and a half years before Granger arrived, President Abraham Lincoln had issued his Emancipation Proclamation that legally freed three and a half million enslaved people in Confederate states. But it was unenforceable in the defiant, slaveholding South. It wasn’t until federal troops finally arrived to occupy Galveston that Granger issued General Orders No. 3, which came to be called the Juneteenth Order, that liberated 250,000 enslaved Blacks in Texas.”


“The South helped lead the way on abortion bans. Is the adoption system ready?” from The Montgomery Advertiser (July 7, 2022)

“In the South, most states with the exception of North Carolina have passed bans or restrictions on abortion access in recent years that are likely to be enforced in the wake of the Dobbs decision.”


“Students Earn Awards for Essays as Part of ‘The Mississippi Everyday Heroisms Project'” from The University of Southern Mississippi (June 2, 2022)

“Hence, everyday heroes have analogs with myth, but they do not face the unrealizable expectations of superheroes,” said Franke. “They are our doctors, our teachers, our police, our stay-at-home moms, our nurses, our scientists among many others.”

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