Civil rights veterans: Today's hate rhetoric is deja vu - CNN.com Hayden said that when she retired to Tucson, she never expected to experience the dread she once felt as a civil rights worker in Mississippi. But in recent months, she said she had felt a familiar sense of foreboding. She said she saw hundreds of Tea Party members shout down Giffords at a town hall meeting. She saw scores of ordinary Arizonans openly carry guns around town. She noted the rising ethnic strife. "I told people, this is the new Mississippi," Hayden said. "This is where the focus of the resurgence of right-wing hostility is located."