Thanks to Karla for finding this little tidbit to get me sufficiently outraged at 6:55 AM:
Granted there seems to be some inconsistencies with how the questions were framed, but…we get the point. Mississippi republicans don’t like interracial marriage. They probably don’t like that one constitutional amendment about discrimination by race, gender and sexual orientation either, and oh…they probably wish slavery was still legal because EVERYONE KNOWS how happy black folks were being owned, worked to death, whipped and raped. Ah…it just makes you wanna sing “Dixie,” doesn’t it?
Whether or not the survey is 100% accurate or not, here’s my advice. Don’t live there. Period. I’ve had to learn the hard way on a separate issue that you simply should go where you’re welcome and let the haters stew in their own filth. I’ve had some people ask, “But what if I have family there?” or “What if I have to stay for work?” My answer is always the same. SO WHAT? Is you job or your family worth sacrificing your entire life? Can you not take Grandma Russell with you, or find another company that sells widgets west of the Mississippi? Why yes; you can, little grasshopper.
I felt so strongly about this that I dedicated an entire chapter in Swirling on this subject with the latest data on where in the U.S. it is most favorable for mixed couples to not just live, but to thrive. So to all my readers who live in the deep, dirty South, just move. What’s so great about living there anyway? There’s no beach. Unless you count the Gulf of Mexico, but then they have mosquitoes the size of small children flying all over just waiting to suck the lifeblood out of you. And their schools suck, too. College is way too expensive to risk it, people.
And another thing! I’m seeing all these travel commercials trying to encourage people to come vacation in the “Gulf States.” I tell you what–states that house the most openly blatant bigots WILL NOT get my travel dollars. I encourage you to do the same.