Originally Posted by Wareagleolemiss
The Movie "The Help" futher damaged our repuation.
WHAT? Those people really were like that, that movie didn't do anything but remind people of it.
Listen, I have lived in MS as long as I have lived anywhere, and even though I am in Memphis now, I am
still basically IN Mississippi. So I know. 17 years in LA, 3-4 in NC, and the rest right here.
I think people who point to The Help
as being bad for Mississippi's image still have a little guilt in them somewhere.
But you get a pass from me on one thing. THE ONLY way to get over that part of history is by doing what you are
doing; reminding people of all that is good about MS, and there is a TON.
But back to my other point, you have to OWN it, to use a modern expression I hate....like Fail. NO, it's failure.
Epic FAILURE. Kids....
You can definitely say that racism in the north is abundant, look at Michigan. I was born there, but MAN, you think
those militias are so popular because people like to be patriotic? Now, they hate people who are not like them.
And they like to buy guns in case someone ever breaks the glass and cuts em all loose.
But as a Mississippian, I don't think you can point at other people and say LOOK AT THEM, they do it to.
Mississippi's racism and hate is as bad as it gets, and went on for SO LONG. It is as disgusting a thing as
you can come up with outside of what Hitler did. SWEET PEOPLE, like honey on a plate. But man, they
had the upper hand, and they played it to a level that seems like it couldn't be possible if you didn't know
it was true. I am no fan of today's black youth culture, or for that matter, interracial marriage and dating.
I am guessing that if those old school racists had had their way, we wouldn't have much of that today.
But in the end, you all just have to LIVE TOGETHER and forget all that stuff if you want to ever move on.
And I don't mean YOU have to do it, the original poster..
.I mean that we as a state must do it. And
of course, its unlikely that any of us on City-data had anything to do with those times. But it could be that
some of our relatives were RIGHT THERE, possibly.
SO AGAIN, this thread is one sure way to help keep people focused on the good. But never try to blot out
as being some kind of Hollywood exaggeration or propaganda film. That HAPPENED.
After reading all of your points, I am pleased, many of them I didn't know about. Here are a few more,
and some corrections, lol.
Catfish Capitol of the world is Des Allemands, LA, hahah
Jimmie Rodgers, the father of country music was Hank before Hank was Hank.
Medidian, MS, thank you.
The first ever in-flight refueling was accomplished over Meridian, MS by the Key brothers. Can you
imagine a world without in flight refueling NOW? Of course someone would eventually try it anyway, but...
While on the whole Meridian/aviation trip, Meridian boasts a Naval Air Station but is nowhere near an ocean.
How can this be possible?? In large part it's because of the people. They train naval aviators out there,
and that base made it past two base closure rounds
, (maybe three) and it was mostly because it was
so fiercely supported by the community that it was never allowed to be closed. That and Sonny Montgomery, haha.
Mississippi is one of the most pristine states left in the union. I guess it helps that much of it was pine
forest anyway, but hunting and fishing and farming and family and camping and boating are still possible
in Mississippi mostly because of the people's values, and maybe even ironically because for decades, no one
wanted to do business in MS because of the decades of apartheid and how ugly it was. It may have had
a preservative function
There are so many more, but those come to mind. Some people say the people are "fake nice"
but the state is chock full of sweet, honest, smart people of high moral fibre. Anyone would be greatly
served by raising a family in Mississippi.