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Old 02-21-2020, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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I'm ashamed to say, but I still have some questions:
1. Is it hard to be a gay person in this area?
2. I've got this feeling that blacks and whites in most cases only tolerate each others, but do not mix or hang around a lot together, is it true?
3. What kind of football do you play? Is it the way folks play it in Europe? (Messi, Ronaldo...)
4. Are there Confederate flags everywhere?
5. Is Civil War still a big deal?
6. What kind od vegetables is appropriate to plant in July in Mississippi Delta?
1. Not gay myself, and also not homophobic. I've answered this three ways and changed it. I just don't know because I don't currently live there.

2. Depends. As I stated, people interact with people of other races every day. For the most part, except for when major racial issues are making the news, people act around other races just like they act around their own. They don't have much of a choice. They work together, eat together, and children play together. In other parts of Mississippi, however, it's a different story. Just like there are places in inner city neighborhoods where a white person wouldn't want to be alone after dark, there are parts of rural Mississippi where a black person wouldn't want to be alone after dark. These places are not in the Delta.

3. American Football, and it's huge. There are no pro or major college teams anywhere remotely close, so high school football games are really big deals.

4. Very rare in the Delta. Again, "minority majority". You'll find lots of them in the areas mentioned in (2). I have "facebook friends" who are big into the Sons of the Confederacy organization. They once a month to wave huge confederate battle flags off of highway overpasses, but I doubt they would even consider going to the Delta to do that.

5. Not in the Delta. See (2) and (4). The war mostly bypassed the Delta; no reason for armies to worry about muddy fields of cotton. The historical markers in the Delta are all about the Blues.

6. If you mean actually starting the growing process, most planting is done way earlier than July. Maybe a second planting of corn or hay (first planting in March, harvest, plant again). If you're asking what would be growing, that's everything. Are you talking about commercial crops (large fields) or private gardens?
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Old 02-24-2020, 03:07 PM
 
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There is no place on earth like the Mississippi Delta. It has been dubbed the "most southern place on earth."

Greenville is one of the larger towns in the region and located on the Mississippi River. It will have everything you speak of, but it would not be my first choice.

Indianola, just east of Greenville about 20-30 minutes, and Greenwood, about an hour east of Greenville, will have the same culture. Greenwood is probably considered the "nicest" of those 3 Delta towns with significant improvements to its downtown over the past 10-20 years. Greenwood also has the Yazoo River which flows through town.

Cleveland, located about 30ish minutes north of Indianola, will also have all of the culture you are seeking but also has a college town vibe with Delta State being located there.

If I were you, I would live in Cleveland or Greenwood and talk to folks about farming and laborers and culture. I am not sure where you are from internationally, but there are lots of South Africans that work as seasonal laborers the past several years. From there you can make some inroads and explore some of the small communities like Rosedale, Hollandale, Itta Bena, Morgan City, Money, Drew, Inverness, etc.
I’m from Greenville, you right the Delta is a very unique place.
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Old 03-17-2020, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Memphis
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Why are there so many South Africans being brought in to work as laborers?
I think it has to do with the poor economy of South Africa.
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