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Ghosts of Mississippi Discussion Questions This is a list of discussion questions that you will be expected to answer tomorrow during class. You can use this sheet during the discussion but nothing else. It is expected that you will prepare each question. All students will participate and you will be graded on your performance. 1. One of the reporters early in the movie said, “Who said anything about America? This is Mississippi.” What did he mean by that? Give an example from the Civil Rights movement to back up your answer. 2. Medgar Evers was quoted as saying “I don’t know whether I’m going to heaven or to hell but I know I am going from Jackson.” What does this indicate about his attitudes toward race and segregation in the south? Do you think other southerners felt the same? Why or why not? 3. What part of the movie stood out most to you? Why? 4. What character do you admire the most? Why? 5. What character do you think is most like you? Why? 6. Choose a character from the movie and describe the process they went through to try to get justice for Medgar Evers. 7. We discussed the terms stereotype, prejudice and discrimination. Give an example of each of these from the film and compare/contrast them. 8. Out of frustration, Bobby DeLaughter said, “You can never legislate the way people think.” How is this quote exemplified in the movie? What are examples of it today? 9. One of the mottos of the civil rights movement was “We shall overcome.” Do you think our society truly has overcome? Why or why not? 10. In Bobby DeLaughter’s closing statement he asks the jury the following question: “Is it ever too late to do the right thing?” Respond to this question. Use at least two examples from the movie to back up your opinion.
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