According to the Equal Justice Initiative, 654 lynchings of black people were carried out within its borders, dramatically more than any other state.
Cindy Hyde-Smith can be seen saying in a clip that was posted Sunday on Twitter by journalist and blogger Lamar White, Jr.
Democrat Matt Espy, who she'll face in a November 27 runoff election, said the comment had "no place in our political discourse".
"If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row", Hyde-Smith said arm-in-arm with Hutchison, surrounded by supporters holding campaign signs.
A viral video clip of Sen. "In referencing the one who invited me, I used an exaggerated expression of regard, and any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous", she said. The killings were often carried out with unspeakable savagery and sadism. Cindy Hyde-Smith says in Tupelo, MS after Colin Hutchinson, cattle rancher, praises her.
Days after appointed U.S. Sen.
Seven years later he broke another glass ceiling, becoming the first African American to hold the position of USA agriculture secretary, under Bill Clinton. "They have no place in our political discourse, in MS, or our country", the statement posted to Twitter said. "We need leaders, not dividers, and her words show that she lacks the understanding and judgement to represent the people of our state".
"Hyde-Smith's decision to joke about "hanging", when the history of African-Americans is marred by countless incidents of this barbarous act, is sick", said NAACP President Derrick Johnson in a statement Sunday.
"Cindy Hyde-Smith's comments are reprehensible". She is competing with Espy for the final two years of Cochran's term.
A Republican activist who initially supported another candidate in the special U.S. Senate election said he will vote for Hyde-Smith in the runoff, even though he considers her a weak candidate. Now another Republican, Chris McDaniel, has dropped out, the conservative vote will no longer be split and Hyde-Smith is considered the comfortable frontrunner in a state that hasn't sent a Democrat to the Senate since 1982.
A video published on Sunday shows Sen.
White said he believes he received the video because he has been writing about racism in the South for about a dozen years.
"To envision this brutal and degenerate type of frame during a time when Black people, Jewish people and immigrants are still being targeted for violence by White nationalists and racists is hurtful and harmful", Johnson said in a statement.
The video was shot in Tupelo, in front of a statue of Elvis Presley, who was born in the city in northeastern Mississippi.