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Old 06-29-2009, 08:41 AM
 
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At least half the population are klan members and hate Catholics.
This is one reason we are afraid. I'm sorry but I don't want to end up dangling from a tree.

Anyway, it sounds like it must not be too bad down there these days. Thanks.
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:11 AM
 
Location: MS
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This is one reason we are afraid. I'm sorry but I don't want to end up dangling from a tree.
Your posts are the equivalent of me being afraid to go to New Jersy for fear of being whacked by Paulie Walnuts or fearing Kansas because a tornado would suck up my car as soon as it crosses the state line.

Since you have seen too many movies, you might want to check out 'Cookie's Fortune' for a good look at family in Mississippi. Yes, the characters are a little unique and some of their actions are a little difficult to believe. Look at the closeness of the family and the community. That better describes MS.

What is your proposed route? We can point you towards many tourist stops that you may miss if you aren't paying attention.

-Robert
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Jackson, MS
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My family has to drive across Mississippi on a trip to New Orleans. We are of Greek ancestry, and have dark hair and olive skin. Also we are Catholic. My question is will we be safe in Mississippi if we have to stop for fuel or a meal or to stay overnight? There are many movies and articles about abuse of non White Anglo Saxon Protestants (W.A.S.P.) in Mississippi, and I want my family to be safe. What steps do you advise that we take to avoid abuse? I mean if we have to stop for fuel and food at the state line and try to make it all the way across the state without stopping we can try it, I guess. Please advise. Thank you.
I'm sorry, but I have to ask, "Are you serious"? I can't belive that there are people out there who are still afraid of Mississippi. This is 2009 and MS has come a very long way. I am African-American and I don't fear for my life from a Klan attack or a lynching. I'm more worried about the everyday criminal attacking me than anyone else. True enough MS has had an ugly past, and that's exactly what it is, the PAST!! There are alot of good people here of every race and we enjoy it when visitors come to our beautiful state. You should not feel threaten by anyone. Take your time and look around. Enjoy our culture and hospitality. I must admit, I love the History Channel, but sometimes you just have to turn it off. When MS is discussed, it's never about anything that is going on in the 21st century.

The bottom line is this, You will be safe. No one will bother you. Stop for gas and for food, and if you must, stay overnight. Try some barbecue and some catfish. Listen to some blues or try your luck at one of the many casinos here. Read an Eudora Welty or a Langston Hughes novel. Visit the Military Park in Vicksburg or visit some of the beautiful antebellum homes along the MS River in Natchez. Drive along U.S. 90 and play in the snow white sands of the Gulf Coast before going to New Orleans.

Mississippi loves sharing her culture, hospitality and talent (and this heat and humidity if we could) with the world. The only thing we ask is that you check your stereotypes at the state line and have a wonderful experience as you travel through our state.
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:52 AM
 
Location: The South
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According to this study ohio has more crime than Mississippi.

US States Crime 2004 -2005 Crimes per 100,000 and Ranking
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Old 06-29-2009, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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Some people like to portray Mississippi as ignorant, but it amazes me how ignorant those people are and they don't even realize it.

Slavery entered the United States in Virginia and existed in 32 states. Many states had slave populations far exceeding that of Mississippi. How many people realize that?

The Ku Klux Klan was founded in Tennessee, California has more hate groups than any other state, and Mississippi has the largest percentage of African American people in the United States.

Just tired of my homestate getting the blame, while the rest of the country pretends it didn't happen in their state.

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Old 06-29-2009, 12:00 PM
 
Location: The South
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Just tired of my homestate getting the blame, while the rest of the country pretends it didn't happen in their state.

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I visited Newport, Rhode Island. There was a small historical museum there extolling the virtues of the town. Back in the corner was one very small area with a document telling how many slaves were brought in at Newport.
This is how it is.
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Old 06-29-2009, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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There are many Catholic churches in Mississippi. And yes, many people attend them regularly!

My son is engaged to a beautiful girl, who has very dark skin and dark hair, she is half-Mexican and has a child who is equally beautiful. We live in a very small community, and she was accepted on sight!!!

Today's Mississippi has changed from yesterday's Mississippi. There are many people who call Her home that are from all over the country and world. We are just part of the melting pot that is America and the one thing we sincerely hope stands out about us is our Friendliness and honestness. Yes, we are curious, but that is part of our charm.

We hope your travel thru our great state is a joyous one.
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Old 06-29-2009, 12:29 PM
 
Location: 60630
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I can see Lake Erie from where I live in Ohio.

Thanks for your comments. Mississippi must not be as dangerous as it is portrayed to be.

You hang around the wrong people.

Am i the only one that think the OP is trolling?
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