Common Interests

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2009 at 9:47 am

When you watch movies or television shows, and if they are depicting Mississippi, most times it is negative. Mainly, Mississippi, the old Mississippi, comes to mind–the Mississippi that vowed to protect the sanctity of separate but unequal. It is difficult for Mississippi to shed this image, better yet, when we discuss race in Mississippi, many believe that African Americans are on one side and Whites another. Last night, I attended a Board of Alderman meeting in Starkville, Mississippi. Starkville is a college town, and many would paint it in broad strokes of being very liberal because of that. Yet, Starkville is an interesting, dynamic city; one in which manyadvocate more growth and with that the sale of alcohol on Sundays. And there are those who are support the current system, where alcohol is sold for 6 days and ends the sale at 10 p.m. While at the Board meeting I noticed something, as it pertains to those opposing the sale of alcohol on Sundays, there were just about equal number of African Americans and Whites agreeing that the current system or current way of doing things should remain. There is no division among races, there is an overwhelming commonality at work. Perhaps the most conservative people are African Americans, yet for some reason this has not translated to many supporting the conservative GOP. I have many reasons and theories about this, but I will leave that for another day. Last night’s Board meeting is very much indicative of where we are–when we put aside race, racism, assumptions, and stereotypes, and get to the heart of issues and concerns, African Americans and Whites are perhaps much more likely to agree than disagree.


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