“Ghosts of Mississippi” by Wright Thompson

Let it be known first and foremost that I am of the utmost belief that anything ESPN and Grantland’s Wright Thompson puts on paper or a computer screen is pure gold. That said, I have to admit that I first experienced the compelling story of the racial history within the Ole Miss football program and the state of Mississippi during extraordinary times, by watching the magnificently produced “30 for 30” ESPN film. After doing more research into the topic, I was able to find the full three chapter written version done by Thompson for ESPN’s Outside the Lines. It’s incredible how far we have come as a society, and sports fans, within the last fifty years. It is also appalling to even attempt imagining what was acceptable by many not too long ago. This story is full of enraging facts, and uplifting resolutions. All brought together by sports.

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I am just your typical 30 year old journalism student at the University of Georgia. I am married with one child, though that child has four legs and barks when he is hungry. I am a writer/photographer/social media coordinator for Bulldawg Illustrated ( BulldawgIllustrated.com ), and am actively pursuing a Magazine Journalism degree with a certificate in Sports Writing. I have a deep passion for all things UGA athletics and the Atlanta Braves. So much so that I proposed to my now wife at the fifty-yard-line of Sanford Stadium, and married her in the 755 Club at Turner Field. Luckily, she shares my sentiments. I love living in downtown Athens, and take a great deal of pride in being a student at the University of Georgia.

3 thoughts on ““Ghosts of Mississippi” by Wright Thompson

  1. Benjamin Wolk

    I’ll stay on the Wright Thompson train. This captivating article really brings the race relations of this era as close to reality as I could feel. The era that we live in, we can’t fully appreciate what true racial injustice is like and this article helps to frame this. The idea that Thompson has Ole Miss history certainly adds to the piece because his knowledge of the realities are proven throughout the entirety.

  2. theshandacrowe

    Wow. Not only is the story intriguing, but the writing itself is simply captivating. It was a particularly long piece, but it was so interesting to see not only the story of Ole Miss but also of Wright Thompson’s family and his personal connection to the story. It shows that you can deliver facts but still tell a fascinating story. This was great.

  3. Loni Gibson

    As an African-American history buff, this piece was quite intriguing to me. Recently, Mississippi ratified the 13th Amendment (which abolishes slavery) after 148 years. To hear that news last February shows how far we still have to go as a country, however, to read a single chapter of Wright Thompson’s, Ghosts of Mississippi, shows how far we far we can push not only as a country, but through the wonderful world of sports.


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