September 18, 2011

STILL STUCK IN THE 1950S: Hollywood portrays Mississippi as a brutal backwater, while in the real world, black people are migrating back to the South because they find it a friendlier, more congenial place.

Half a century ago, insecure white bigots needed to put down black people so they’d have someone to feel superior to. Now they use Mississippi. But they’re still stuck in the past.

UPDATE: Juliette “Baldilocks” Ochieng writes: “My matrilineal great-grandparents fled Mississippi for Oklahoma and, later, California. I’m seriously considering returning to my roots. Oxford sounds nice.” I think it is nice.

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