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2014-06-09 10:57:36 AM  
My wife and I (both Ole Miss alums) thought that Bourdain episode fell flat, partly for the reasons mentioned in TFA.  Sadly, though, it was a relief that it went in the direction it did vice so many other directions it could have gone.  While I sympathise (somewhat) with the writer of the letter, I have only this to offer:  If you want to change the narrative, change your state.
 
2014-06-09 11:25:11 AM  
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Before this thread gets all totes cray-cray, I would just like to point out that William Faulkner, from Mississippi, was really an amazing writer, perhaps the greatest American writer of the 20th century.


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I'm also reminded of Georgian writer Flannery O' Connor, who wisely observed that "anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by the northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic."
 
2014-06-09 12:02:50 PM  
Stop being a joke and people will stop laughing
 
2014-06-09 12:06:22 PM  
I'm glad that they point to a school in Mississippi that is doing well, but that should be the rule, not the exception. And nobody honestly thinks that there is nothing good to come out of any state, but it's not like the Deep South went from its historical position as undereducated, poor, segregated, voter disenfranchising past to a shining example of education, wealth, integration, and high voter participation. The state is still near the bottom in education and poverty, and passed voter ID laws that tend to have a disenfranchising effect. When those things change, if people STILL think Mississippi is a bunch of poor, uneducated people, then you can really start complaining.
 
2014-06-09 01:02:47 PM  
Don't want to appear as a bunch of backwards ass rednecks?  Stop acting like it.

http://www.thewire.com/national/2011/04/mississippi-republicans/3645 5/
 
2014-06-09 01:09:20 PM  
I warsh myself with a rag on a stick.
 
2014-06-09 01:09:35 PM  
Maybe stop leading the nation in poverty, lack of education, obesity, and every other negative metric we have and the rest of the nation will stop talking about how crappy you are.
 
2014-06-09 01:11:50 PM  
Subby, I couldn't have said it better myself.
 
2014-06-09 01:12:35 PM  
• Kimberly Sanford, "As I grasp the battered storm door of my unleveled mobile home ..." is going to Harvard.
• Rachel Jones, "The wind of my parents' perennial unemployment has blown away my umbrella ..." is going to Vassar.
• Brendan Ryan, "my favorite things about living at a residential high school four hours from my hometown is the car rides home ..." is going to Wenzao Ursuline University in Taiwan.
• Sabrina Moore, "MSMS is often referred to as the most diverse square mile in the state of Mississippi ..." is going to Mississippi State.
• Joseph Messer, "I think that home is also wherever I make it ..." is going to Deep Spring College in California.


That's nice. Let me know if any of them come back.
 
2014-06-09 01:13:23 PM  

jst3p: Maybe stop leading the nation in poverty, lack of education, obesity, and every other negative metric we have and the rest of the nation will stop talking about how crappy you are.


I think you may have missed a bit on your US geography dart-board, there, you seem to have hit Louisiana.  Mississippi is the one to the right.
 
2014-06-09 01:14:08 PM  
The fact that that dude cares more about how northerners view his state than how the state is actually doing is precisely the sort of thing that's wrong with the south in general.
 
2014-06-09 01:15:48 PM  
So he wants the news to produce tourism videos of his state? Maybe the state could fund that BS on their own. Oh wait, they are broke and want more tax cuts there goes any spending ideas. try and increase in education rankings or employment stats etc...then maybe you can make the news and not look like the Ricky Bobby state.
 
2014-06-09 01:16:31 PM  
Hey, Subby.  You forgot "ugly, lazy and disrespectful."

*SMACK*

"Shut up, biatch!!!! Go fix me a turkey pot pie!!!"
 
2014-06-09 01:17:40 PM  
The KKK and Wal-Mart is in Arkansas and NASCAR is in Florida, that guy.
 
2014-06-09 01:17:44 PM  

Jim_Callahan: jst3p: Maybe stop leading the nation in poverty, lack of education, obesity, and every other negative metric we have and the rest of the nation will stop talking about how crappy you are.

I think you may have missed a bit on your US geography dart-board, there, you seem to have hit Louisiana.  Mississippi is the one to the right.


tcf.org

www.headache-adviser.com

Low literacy (adults with a less than 5th grade reading ability) rate in the US:

www.fhwa.dot.gov
 
2014-06-09 01:18:19 PM  

phaseolus: • Kimberly Sanford, "As I grasp the battered storm door of my unleveled mobile home ..." is going to Harvard.
• Rachel Jones, "The wind of my parents' perennial unemployment has blown away my umbrella ..." is going to Vassar.
• Brendan Ryan, "my favorite things about living at a residential high school four hours from my hometown is the car rides home ..." is going to Wenzao Ursuline University in Taiwan.
• Sabrina Moore, "MSMS is often referred to as the most diverse square mile in the state of Mississippi ..." is going to Mississippi State.
• Joseph Messer, "I think that home is also wherever I make it ..." is going to Deep Spring College in California.

That's nice. Let me know if any of them come back.


Yeah... the county where I was raised liked to play the "look at all the famous people that were born here" and my high school liked to do the "our students are successful, look at the universities they're attending" thing too.

Sort of highlights how terrible a place is when even the locals' first metric for a successful person is getting the everloving hell out of there.
 
2014-06-09 01:18:49 PM  

Rann Xerox: Hey, Subby.  You forgot "ugly, lazy and disrespectful."

*SMACK*

"Shut up, biatch!!!! Go fix me a turkey pot pie!!!"


No, dad, what about you?
 
2014-06-09 01:21:39 PM  
My sister taught in the Mississippi Delta. She literally taught in a room with holes in the walls, broken windows, ancient and insufficient textbooks, and barely a fan to cope with the sweltering heat. Meanwhile, the white kids got to go to private schools. The kids' parents were living in generational poverty dating back to the slavery era, and the only way out - education - was effectively barred to them. Shook her up badly.

People defending Mississippi in general can go fark themselves until the state stops being a synonym for the worst things about America. You don't fix a broken car by pretending the fan belt hasn't snapped, or by pointing out to folks who say "Your car ain't runnin'" that "Hey, it's a biatchin' paint job!" You figure out what's wrong and you fix it. No damned excuses or deflections.
 
2014-06-09 01:22:28 PM  
I got some vacation coming up and oddly not even in my drunkest time did I think, "Man I need a week in Biloxi!"
 
2014-06-09 01:23:33 PM  

Jaden Smith First of His Name: The fact that that dude cares more about how northerners view his state than how the state is actually doing is precisely the sort of thing that's wrong with the south in general.


img.fark.net
 
2014-06-09 01:23:42 PM  
Then stop acting like it is a third-world sister-farking Jesus-freak snake-handling Republican-base fat-ass Wal-mart Ole-Miss-douchebag NASCAR trailer-park Ku Klux Klan disaster magnet. Too bad it is ingrained into the society to continue that way. If you keep passing shiatty racist and bias laws, offer no quality education to speak of, and continue to operate in the "good ol boy" way, things will never change.
 
2014-06-09 01:24:02 PM  

phaseolus: Rann Xerox: Hey, Subby.  You forgot "ugly, lazy and disrespectful."

*SMACK*

"Shut up, biatch!!!! Go fix me a turkey pot pie!!!"

No, dad, what about you?


What a banner year might look like.

www.cigarettescarton.com
 
2014-06-09 01:24:21 PM  
Make a note that today, June 9th 2014, I, Triple Oak, still do not care about lawyers' opinions or Mississippi as a state.
 
2014-06-09 01:24:41 PM  
third-world sister-farking Jesus-freak snake-handling Republican-base fat-ass Wal-mart Ole-Miss-douchebag NASCAR trailer-park Ku Klux Klan disaster magnet it is

Hallelujah!  Holy Shiat!  Where's the Tylenol?
 
2014-06-09 01:25:06 PM  
I used to think the gulf coast wasn't that bad compared to the rest of MS, but then their representative is the asshat that campaigned hard for Katrina benefits but against Sandy benefits.
 
2014-06-09 01:25:33 PM  
State Flag:

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/I can't point the finger on why outsiders would hold such beliefs about Mississippi.
 
2014-06-09 01:25:36 PM  

born_yesterday: I warsh myself with a rag on a stick.


img.photobucket.com

Don't forget to get under the folds!
 
2014-06-09 01:30:11 PM  
That's nice.

I want a pony.
 
2014-06-09 01:32:50 PM  

Somacandra: [upload.wikimedia.org image 206x303]    [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x322]    [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x319]

Before this thread gets all totes cray-cray, I would just like to point out that William Faulkner, from Mississippi, was really an amazing writer, perhaps the greatest American writer of the 20th century.


[upload.wikimedia.org image 267x386]       [upload.wikimedia.org image 282x410]


I'm also reminded of Georgian writer Flannery O' Connor, who wisely observed that "anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by the northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic."


Who?
 
2014-06-09 01:37:51 PM  

Kevin72: Somacandra: [upload.wikimedia.org image 206x303]    [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x322]    [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x319]

Before this thread gets all totes cray-cray, I would just like to point out that William Faulkner, from Mississippi, was really an amazing writer, perhaps the greatest American writer of the 20th century.


[upload.wikimedia.org image 267x386]       [upload.wikimedia.org image 282x410]


I'm also reminded of Georgian writer Flannery O' Connor, who wisely observed that "anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by the northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic."

Who?


You must be from Mississippi.

/pro-tip: Who? doesn't make you look superior when it's about an author
 
2014-06-09 01:42:42 PM  
At least Mississippi has excellent ghosts and cool alligators.
 
2014-06-09 01:45:41 PM  
Nothing wrong with a little sister-farking, unless she's fat.  Considering it's Mississippi though, fat is likely.
 
2014-06-09 01:46:07 PM  
This headline. Nothing else. I love it.
 
2014-06-09 01:47:16 PM  

jst3p: Jim_Callahan: jst3p: Maybe stop leading the nation in poverty, lack of education, obesity, and every other negative metric we have and the rest of the nation will stop talking about how crappy you are.

I think you may have missed a bit on your US geography dart-board, there, you seem to have hit Louisiana.  Mississippi is the one to the right.

[tcf.org image 500x398]

[www.headache-adviser.com image 468x366]

Low literacy (adults with a less than 5th grade reading ability) rate in the US:

[www.fhwa.dot.gov image 576x405]


i wonder what that is like for Wisconsin after 4 years of scott walker...soon to be the Mississippi of the North.
 
2014-06-09 01:48:37 PM  
I grew up in MS.

Is there racism in MS?  Sure is.  Racist blacks and whites.  Are there more racists than anywhere else I've lived?  Nope.

As a southerner it's very easy to resent the whole NY/Cali media groups.  You grow up always hearing about how stupid and racist and bad southerners are.  We're always portrayed as some sort of stereotype.  It's easy to feel insulted. The trick is to realize that it's not true and that you are perpetually portrayed that way in the media because the people who wrote/directed/produced it didn't have a farking clue.  The shallowness of their experience led them to believe that the south is all what they've seen on TV and nothing more.
 
2014-06-09 01:49:18 PM  

onzmadi: i wonder what that is like for Wisconsin after 4 years of scott walker...soon to be the Mississippi of the North.


Wississippi
 
2014-06-09 01:50:38 PM  

Explodo: You grow up always hearing about how stupid and racist and bad southerners are.  We're always portrayed as some sort of stereotype.  It's easy to feel insulted. The trick is to realize that it's not true and that you are perpetually portrayed that way in the media because the people who wrote/directed/produced it didn't have a farking clue.  The shallowness of their experience led them to believe that the south is all what they've seen on TV and nothing more.


Until you see who they choose to lead them, at the ballot box and out of their wallet, and then they prove every stereotype right.
 
2014-06-09 01:52:46 PM  

EyeballKid: Explodo: You grow up always hearing about how stupid and racist and bad southerners are.  We're always portrayed as some sort of stereotype.  It's easy to feel insulted. The trick is to realize that it's not true and that you are perpetually portrayed that way in the media because the people who wrote/directed/produced it didn't have a farking clue.  The shallowness of their experience led them to believe that the south is all what they've seen on TV and nothing more.

Until you see who they choose to lead them, at the ballot box and out of their wallet, and then they prove every stereotype right.


Yes...because all the other states choose only the most gentle of souls who are brilliant at all things from chess to statesmanship and are above reproach in all things.  Get out much?
 
2014-06-09 01:52:48 PM  

Explodo: I grew up in MS.

Is there racism in MS?  Sure is.  Racist blacks and whites.  Are there more racists than anywhere else I've lived?  Nope.

As a southerner it's very easy to resent the whole NY/Cali media groups.  You grow up always hearing about how stupid and racist and bad southerners are.  We're always portrayed as some sort of stereotype.  It's easy to feel insulted. The trick is to realize that it's not true and that you are perpetually portrayed that way in the media because the people who wrote/directed/produced it didn't have a farking clue.  The shallowness of their experience led them to believe that the south is all what they've seen on TV and nothing more.


Hang out on The Square in Oxford on a Saturday night, then go drive through the Delta the next morning, then head on up to RIpley and get back to us.

The narrative pisses me off too, but there's too much truth in it to protest it being stated.
 
2014-06-09 01:54:05 PM  

doyner: Explodo: I grew up in MS.

Is there racism in MS?  Sure is.  Racist blacks and whites.  Are there more racists than anywhere else I've lived?  Nope.

As a southerner it's very easy to resent the whole NY/Cali media groups.  You grow up always hearing about how stupid and racist and bad southerners are.  We're always portrayed as some sort of stereotype.  It's easy to feel insulted. The trick is to realize that it's not true and that you are perpetually portrayed that way in the media because the people who wrote/directed/produced it didn't have a farking clue.  The shallowness of their experience led them to believe that the south is all what they've seen on TV and nothing more.

Hang out on The Square in Oxford on a Saturday night, then go drive through the Delta the next morning, then head on up to RIpley and get back to us.

The narrative pisses me off too, but there's too much truth in it to protest it being stated.


I'm in CO now and you find the exact same sort of attitudes and ignorance here.
 
2014-06-09 01:54:11 PM  

Explodo: Is there racism in MS?  Sure is.  Racist blacks and whites.  Are there more racists than anywhere else I've lived?  Nope.



The Federal Government didn't need to deploy the 101st Airborne to forcibly integrate the schools in New York City.
 
2014-06-09 01:55:00 PM  
And, in other Mississippi related news,  private prisons make people with mental illnesses go blind in order to cut costs.

Just thought I'd throw that out there.
 
2014-06-09 01:56:29 PM  

Explodo: doyner: Explodo: I grew up in MS.

Is there racism in MS?  Sure is.  Racist blacks and whites.  Are there more racists than anywhere else I've lived?  Nope.

As a southerner it's very easy to resent the whole NY/Cali media groups.  You grow up always hearing about how stupid and racist and bad southerners are.  We're always portrayed as some sort of stereotype.  It's easy to feel insulted. The trick is to realize that it's not true and that you are perpetually portrayed that way in the media because the people who wrote/directed/produced it didn't have a farking clue.  The shallowness of their experience led them to believe that the south is all what they've seen on TV and nothing more.

Hang out on The Square in Oxford on a Saturday night, then go drive through the Delta the next morning, then head on up to RIpley and get back to us.

The narrative pisses me off too, but there's too much truth in it to protest it being stated.

I'm in CO now and you find the exact same sort of attitudes and ignorance here.


Can you find a Confederate flag as part of Colorado's state flag?
 
2014-06-09 01:56:35 PM  
I know a real easy way to keep your state from looking like the third-world sister-farking Jesus-freak snake-handling Republican-base fat-ass Wal-mart Ole-Miss-douchebag NASCAR trailer-park Ku Klux Klan disaster magnet it is.
 
2014-06-09 01:56:37 PM  

Explodo: Yes...because all the other states choose only the most gentle of souls who are brilliant at all things from chess to statesmanship and are above reproach in all things.  Get out much?


Both sides are bad so THE SOUTH SHALL RISE AGAY-YUN!!!
 
2014-06-09 01:56:58 PM  

EyeballKid: onzmadi: i wonder what that is like for Wisconsin after 4 years of scott walker...soon to be the Mississippi of the North.

Wississippi


Well played.

/should put "Smell out dairy air" on their license plates
 
2014-06-09 01:58:31 PM  

born_yesterday: Explodo: doyner: Explodo: I grew up in MS.

Is there racism in MS?  Sure is.  Racist blacks and whites.  Are there more racists than anywhere else I've lived?  Nope.

As a southerner it's very easy to resent the whole NY/Cali media groups.  You grow up always hearing about how stupid and racist and bad southerners are.  We're always portrayed as some sort of stereotype.  It's easy to feel insulted. The trick is to realize that it's not true and that you are perpetually portrayed that way in the media because the people who wrote/directed/produced it didn't have a farking clue.  The shallowness of their experience led them to believe that the south is all what they've seen on TV and nothing more.

Hang out on The Square in Oxford on a Saturday night, then go drive through the Delta the next morning, then head on up to RIpley and get back to us.

The narrative pisses me off too, but there's too much truth in it to protest it being stated.

I'm in CO now and you find the exact same sort of attitudes and ignorance here.

Can you find a Confederate flag as part of Colorado's state flag?


Drive into rural Colorado and you see confederate flags.
 
2014-06-09 01:58:48 PM  
My rule of thumb on this: a state is eligible to be treated fairly in the media when 30 years (between 1 - 1.5 generations) have passed since the state ratifying the 13th amendment banning slavery. So by my count they have at least 10 more years....

/28+ years if you count from when the ratification was certified
 
2014-06-09 01:59:06 PM  

Explodo: doyner: Explodo: I grew up in MS.

Is there racism in MS?  Sure is.  Racist blacks and whites.  Are there more racists than anywhere else I've lived?  Nope.

As a southerner it's very easy to resent the whole NY/Cali media groups.  You grow up always hearing about how stupid and racist and bad southerners are.  We're always portrayed as some sort of stereotype.  It's easy to feel insulted. The trick is to realize that it's not true and that you are perpetually portrayed that way in the media because the people who wrote/directed/produced it didn't have a farking clue.  The shallowness of their experience led them to believe that the south is all what they've seen on TV and nothing more.

Hang out on The Square in Oxford on a Saturday night, then go drive through the Delta the next morning, then head on up to RIpley and get back to us.

The narrative pisses me off too, but there's too much truth in it to protest it being stated.

I'm in CO now and you find the exact same sort of attitudes and ignorance here.


Sure, in Weld county. Not as prevalent in the state capital. To claim any level of equivalence tells me you haven't spent much time in the south, or that you have and are in denial.
 
2014-06-09 02:00:01 PM  

Explodo: born_yesterday: Explodo: doyner: Explodo: I grew up in MS.

Is there racism in MS?  Sure is.  Racist blacks and whites.  Are there more racists than anywhere else I've lived?  Nope.

As a southerner it's very easy to resent the whole NY/Cali media groups.  You grow up always hearing about how stupid and racist and bad southerners are.  We're always portrayed as some sort of stereotype.  It's easy to feel insulted. The trick is to realize that it's not true and that you are perpetually portrayed that way in the media because the people who wrote/directed/produced it didn't have a farking clue.  The shallowness of their experience led them to believe that the south is all what they've seen on TV and nothing more.

Hang out on The Square in Oxford on a Saturday night, then go drive through the Delta the next morning, then head on up to RIpley and get back to us.

The narrative pisses me off too, but there's too much truth in it to protest it being stated.

I'm in CO now and you find the exact same sort of attitudes and ignorance here.

Can you find a Confederate flag as part of Colorado's state flag?

Drive into rural Colorado and you see confederate flags.


That is true of any state, that doesn't mean the south's reputation of bigotry and racism isn't deserved.
 
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