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Old 05-01-2012, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Mississippi Delta!
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What would you do to entice people from other states to move to Mississippi?
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:20 AM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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In the past few years I have encountered a lot of people who are curious about Mississippi, especially black people whose family has roots here going back before the Great Migration.

If they are looking for a chance to move somewhere - and they often are in places like Chicago - I tell them to give us a look. I'm open about it and I tell them it is not the place your grandparents left.

In one case I was collared by a black man in New York who had migrated when he was young. He was on the verge of retirement when he spoke with me, and he was asking my opinion; whether moving south would be a big disappointment to him. I encouraged him to look at it and gave him my opinion, that we needed more black folks like him who have worked and earned a retirement. Just being here, I told him, could influence some other young man or woman who would quietly follow his lead.

That's a worthwhile message for all of us, I think; the message that you influence others just by being around them. No matter what you are doing.
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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Some people have deep seated fears of Mississippi. I think partly it's because people want to feel safe, and it's easier to just assume Mississippi is the same place it was 50 years ago and just stay away.

Just an example, in the early 90's I was studying to be a radio announcer at Columbia School of Broadcasting and had just gotten a full time gig at WQLJ in Oxford. A newly acquired friend of mine from California, who was also studying to be a radio announcer, and happened to be black also needed a job.

I spoke with the manager of the radio station, and he agreed to speak with my friend, first by phone, then in person. My friend never showed for the in person interview because his parents told him not to go to Mississippi because we still hang black people here, and he wouldn't come back alive.

He felt safe just across the state line in Memphis though. One inch separated him from being hanged by the neck.
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:37 PM
 
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I honestly wouldn't move there, but I have lived there for about a year in Biloxi. I can only tell people that it's not as bad as people say it is. There are casinos and clubs on the beach, so that's cool.
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:51 PM
 
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What would you do to entice people from other states to move to Mississippi?
Now that is going to be a tough sell! Unless someone is going for a good job, there is very little to entice folks to move to MS over other states.
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:09 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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After my children are all in college, my husband and I have been thinking af getting a second home somewhere with milder weather. Like most Notherners, Florida is a thought, but it's hard to find a peaceful but lively little town there with true Southern flavor.

We have wondered how welcome we would be in a state like Mississippi. The Gulf Coast, mild weather and natural beauty are draws.

Things we worry about would include our politics - left of center but not radical by any means, and the topic of race. While we are white Protestant Christians, we are not comfortable being around people who make racist comments.

How prevalent would this be? We were recently surprised when meeting a Southern couple who was new to our church speak openly about "Yankees" being abrasive, too many Moderator cut: this is an offensive term

a certain part of town, and how upset he was that a distant cousin fought for the Union in the civil war.

In PA we have more than our fair share of Civil War Buffs, since we are near Gettyburg, my husband and eldest son, among them, but I don't know anyone who is still fighting "The Civil War"When I visit Gettysburg, I'm just washed with sorrow and the sheer amount of very young men and boys on BOTH sides who were killed there. No sides taken.

To be fair we also have a lot of white folkes who drive pick up trucks with Confederate Flags as license plates who are born and bread Pennsylvanians.

We like history, the Arts, dining out, meeting friendly people and experiencing new things.

I also have always admired the South for their adhearance to manners and tradition, exquisite attention to interior decorating and restoration, attention to fashion and a sense of old school formality and tradition. I am this way. For example I love to set a beautiful table and actually use my fine china, I dress up for occasions and I have actually hosted Victorian teas in my home.
I have a Southern friend from college who thinks that I was "born in the wrong place"

When I saw this post I though here is my opportunity to ask - would we fit in?
Why or why not? And where? We are also looking at other states and the college friend to whom I refer wants me to chose Little Rock AR, but the surrounding country is so much like Pennsylvania, we live in Valley in the Appalachians, and I fear that winters might not be warm enough, especially in the deapth of winter.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated! -

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Old 05-01-2012, 01:12 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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Now that is going to be a tough sell! Unless someone is going for a good job, there is very little to entice folks to move to MS over other states.
It is tough! And the figures show that Mississippi hardly grows at all in population. But that's just because of stereotypes, not reality.
And to be honest there haven't been all that many good jobs here, either, although that is changing with the major auto manufacturers moving in.

But then, think about it: Folks don't generally say, "Hey, I think we should move!" And then do it. Nah, generally folks move because they found a job or they retired. Generally.

And the few that do probably won't pick Mississippi. Florida; Alaska; California; North Carolina, maybe; but not very often, Mississippi.
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:56 PM
 
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It is tough! And the figures show that Mississippi hardly grows at all in population. But that's just because of stereotypes, not reality.
And to be honest there haven't been all that many good jobs here, either, although that is changing with the major auto manufacturers moving in.

But then, think about it: Folks don't generally say, "Hey, I think we should move!" And then do it. Nah, generally folks move because they found a job or they retired. Generally.

And the few that do probably won't pick Mississippi. Florida; Alaska; California; North Carolina, maybe; but not very often, Mississippi.
Well, it's not just stereotypes. I lived in Memphis/Desoto Co. from 1994-2003 and my wife was born and raised in Southaven, so I know how things are there. Of course it is not as bad as some of the sterotypes, but those idea don't just pop out of thin air either.

We currently reside in MN where I am from. My wife really likes it here, but has some desire to move somewhere else someday. She has zero desire to move back to MS even though most of her family still resides there.

There are no major cities and no BIG draw. Not enough good high paying employers. Too much poverty. Problems/weakness in education. Racial problems/disparity. Not a great place to raise a family overall imo.
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:12 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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After my children are all in college, my husband and I have been thinking af getting a second home somewhere with milder weather. Like most Notherners, Florida is a thought, but it's hard to find a peaceful but lively little town there with true Southern flavor.

We have wondered how welcome we would be in a state like Mississippi. The Gulf Coast, mild weather and natural beauty are draws.

Things we worry about would include our politics - left of center but not radical by any means, and the topic of race. While we are white Protestant Christians, we are not comfortable being around people who make racist comments.In most of the state and in most places racial comments are not tolerated without some retort from someone. In my own neighborhood black kids and white kids play together and my 16 year old grandson has a black kid he runs with from time to time.

How prevalent would this be? We were recently surprised when meeting a Southern couple who was new to our church speak openly about "Yankees" being abrasive, "too many Nigras" in a certain part of town, and how upset he was that a distant cousin fought for the Union in the civil war. Sounds like you encountered a buffoon. Every state has them. I haven't heard the word "Nigra" since I was a child (1965).

In PA we have more than our fair share of Civil War Buffs, since we are near Gettyburg, my husband and eldest son, among them, but I don't know anyone who is still fighting "The Civil War"When I visit Gettysburg, I'm just washed with sorrow and the sheer amount of very young men and boys on BOTH sides who were killed there. No sides taken.

To be fair we also have a lot of white folkes who drive pick up trucks with Confederate Flags as license plates who are born and bread Pennsylvanians.Yeah, it's kind of a "thing" among some people. No matter where they are from.

We like history, the Arts, dining out, meeting friendly people and experiencing new things.Arts? Ya mean like drawin' and stuff Just kidding! Of course the only area I know is my own - Tupelo - and we get our share. I saw Little Richard (for free), we have downtown performances every week during the summer, a small symphony. I guess I'd have to know more about which arts and how deep your interest is. But in Mississippi, arts = Oxford (Ole Miss)
Dinning out? Of course. Most towns of any size have just about everything. But check out the restaurants in Oxford. You won't believe that!

I also have always admired the South for their adhearance to manners and tradition, exquisite attention to interior decorating and restoration, attention to fashion and a sense of old school formality and tradition. I am this way. For example I love to set a beautiful table and actually use my fine china, I dress up for occasions and I have actually hosted Victorian teas in my home.
I have a Southern friend from college who thinks that I was "born in the wrong place"
And you may have been. I've seen it happen.

When I saw this post I though here is my opportunity to ask - would we fit in?
Why or why not? And where? We are also looking at other states and the college friend to whom I refer wants me to chose Little Rock AR, but the surrounding country is so much like Pennsylvania, we live in Valley in the Appalachians, and I fear that winters might not be warm enough, especially in the deapth of winter.
If I were you, I'd book a room somewhere around Oxford and spend a week just looking around. Look around on the web and find some event you would be interested in; performing arts, sports, musical events like blues, or some reason to be here. Look around!

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated! -
If you are looking for a second home, there are plenty of condo's and the like in Oxford. Lots of people own condo's there just so they can be in Oxford for the football games.

But another case could be made for owning a condo down at the beach; maybe Ocean Springs......
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Lake Oswego, Manhattan, Aspen
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Why the (cuss word) would you want to encourage others to move to Mississippi? You may not have noticed, but 'the rest of America' is turning into a third world hellhole at a dizzying speed. Mississippi has its own problems, and does not need New York's problems, Miami's problems, or LA's problems in addition to its own.

Charlotte North Carolina, only a decade back, was paradise. Then there was an influx of New Yorkish outsiders, and it's quickly turning nasty there. People are fleeing to the outskirts and the exurbs there. Minneapolis is not what it used to be, either...nor is Des Moines (thanks to Governor VileSack, who deliberately imported inner city criminals from the East Coast (selling out his constituency got him a cushy new job, though).

Do you really want welfare queens from eastern cities moving down there for the cheap rent? (hopefully, the stingy welfare and poor 'services' will keep them away) Do you really want pushy New York guttersnipes taking over business in Mississippi?

Do you want what happened to Lewiston, Maine, to happen to Tupelo? Of maybe you'd like what happened to Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania to happen to Laurel? And heaven forbid you should even THINK about what happened to Maywood, California (and is happening to towns across that once-heavenly state).

Mississippi does not have much going for it. The one thing that it DOES have is a relative lack of the kind of people who have ruined huge swaths of America. The state's other 'problems' help keep evil, hyper-competitive, Upper East Coast people from coming in, and also reduce the number of Third World people.

Since 2008, 'Change' has come to mean only bad things in America. Encourage 'people' to move to Mississippi, and I can guarantee you won't be getting Ozzie & Harriet or the Huxtables. In fact, what you'll be getting will make even the Kardashians look good.

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