Eudora Welty understood the tangled paths of Southern history.
The 180,000 residents of Jackson, Welty's home, lack water to carry out life's basic functions.
Mississippi can never escape its tortured past. White flight in the 1950s and 1960s in opposition to public school integration decimated the tax base of the state's capital city, where Willie Morris lay in state after his death. The state's majority white government, now ruled by the GOP, refused to invest in the city's infrastructure.
The bill came due this week when the city's water system failed, leaving the predominantly black city without water for bathing, drinking, cooking, flushing the toilet. Many of the residents live below the poverty line.
GOP Gov. Tate Reeves said "ain't it a shame?" and promised to take action. But the people of Jackson live without water.
Eudora Welty wrote a short story based on the murder of Medgar Evers in Jackson.
Birthplace of writers and city of music, education, government and commerce, Jackson has been killed by neglect.