NASW, MISSISSIPPI CHAPTER


RESPONSE TO CINDY HYDE-SMITH’S STATEMENT ON PUBLIC HANGING

NASW, MS Board of Directors & Leadership

 November 12, 2018

The National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter is calling for the immediate removal of candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith from the ballot for the U. S. Senate.

Hyde-Smith, a white Republican from Mississippi, was at a speaking engagement in Tupelo and responded to praise about her, from her host, with “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row”.   Afterward, her official response about her comment was that she “used an exaggerated expression of regard”, and she has refused further comments.

Mississippi, which has a population approximate 40% African American, has a history of racially motivated lynching of black people.  According to the NAACP website, the period between 1882 and 1968, Mississippi had the highest number of any state, at 581 lynching’s.  Suspicious incidents of hangings continue even into this year. 

We believe Hyde-Smith’s comments demonstrate a complete lack of understanding, judgement and empathy needed for leadership in any position.  She is clearly unable to support the nearly 40% of our state that is African American, and this will impact all Mississippians who expect our state to move forward.  Clear understanding of and concern for all people is essential to attract economic growth; companies continue to shun our state due to poor education and healthcare outcome data.  Mississippi needs to rise above the 50th percentile in many areas to improve the lives of all of its citizens.  NASW, MS Chapter supports leadership in Mississippi and Washington who will bring our state forward.  All elected leaders can accomplish this by condemning divisive and hate-motivated discourse, and demonstrate commitment to  a positive, inclusive agenda for all Mississippians and Americans.

The NASW Code of Ethics for social workers clearly states that we ‘respect the dignity and worth of each person’, and that ‘relationships between and among people are an important vehicle for change’.  Additionally, Social Work Speaks policy statement on Racism encourages social workers ‘to combat racism and help to ingrain a national ethos that respect cultural diversity while maintaining loyalty to America as a nation’.  Mississippians must move forward by living out these values. 

We ask that all Mississippians critically consider how our state may best move forward.  Hyde-Smith’s callous remark and  response is completely unacceptable for national, state, or local  leaders in Mississippi. 



NASW MS CHAPTER CONGRATULATES

Congressman Bennie Thompson, US House of Representatives

on his re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives!
and

Mr. Mike Espy, US Senate

 on the U.S. Senate run-off election!

for more information on their positions, please click the links below their name 

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YOUR VOTE IS CRITICAL TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27!
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POSITION STATEMENT ON UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE

National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter

Adopted by the Board of Directors on January 20, 2018

The current U.S. health care system is broken.  Despite the advances of the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans remain uninsured, and many millions more are underinsured, unable to afford the costs and deductibles associated with adequate health care coverage.  Nowhere is the need for system change greater than in Mississippi, the unhealthiest state in the nation.

 
The Mississippi Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers believes that it is time to adopt a publicly financed, federally administered single-payer universal health care program that guarantees health care to all citizens, regardless of ability to pay.  The U.S. system presently spends more on health care per person, yet produces poorer results, than any advanced nation in the world.  Mississippians, along with all U.S. citizens, deserve better.

 

A federally administered single-payer universal program promises multiple advantages over the current system – including administrative simplicity, greater capacity to control costs, more equalized benefits, and enhanced ability to promote prevention over intervention – as well as the most important of all advantages, emphatically prioritizing people over profits.  The time for fundamental reform is now.



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