“”Shit, Texas beat us again!?
|—Mississippi's personal motto|
Mississippi, known as the
White Supremacist Magnolia State, was a part of the land that the US got from Britain for winning a war in the late 1700s. A small slice was later bought from Napoleon and another bit "annexed" from Spain.
"Thank God For" Bigotssippi Mississippi has one simple role in the United States: stopping Louisiana, Alabama and Kentucky from coming in fiftieth in measures of quality of life, human rights, healthcare, education, and other such evidences of civilization. It is a proud member of Jesusland. Oh, and also it was the last state to ratify the 13th Amendment on Febuary 7th, 2013. Yes, Fucking 2013! (In all fairness, it went into force before Mississippi's return to statehood and this was, for all intents and purposes, symbolic.)
Much later, in the 1960s, Mississippi was a massive battle ground in the civil rights movement. It is only now bringing many Klan related killers to justice (assuming that they didn't get the benefit of jury nullification in the 60s). Unfortunately, there are still instances where they're not getting the message, such as when a white Baptist congregation refused to let a black couple get married in their church. Mississippi also has a law very similar to HB2, but it didn't cause any controversy because we pretty much expect it from them at this point. Also, it took one school until 2010 to allow all races to run for student government, and finally ended school segregation in 2017. It also took them until 2020 to change their state flag from one that had the Confederate flag on it. Even so, the new flag needed an "In God We Trust" motto.
Things Mississippi ranks 50th in
- Per capita GDP.
- Life expectancy.
- General health.
- Science and engineering readiness.
- Abolition of slavery.
- Recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
- Homeless rate. As in, the lowest rate of homelessness, about a tenth that of NY or California. Wait, what? How?!
Things Mississippi ranks 1st in
- Teen pregnancy.
- Infant mortality.
- Weekly church attendance, religiosity generally. 
- White supremacism.[citation NOT needed]
- Corporal punishment.
- Childhood vaccination. Why? Mandatory vaccination with no exceptions.
- The first state to give women property rights (in 1837) as a response to the Panic of 1837 to protect family assets.
- Mississippi was the first state to have sued the tobacco industry.
The Great Disgrace
One of the most dubious achievements of Mississippi was to have its own secret police agency, the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, charged with the responsibility to enforce the subordination of the black majority within the state to ensure that Mississippi would not need comply with the 1st, 4th, 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America. It spied upon anyone who resisted segregationism and often shared intelligence with White Citizens Councils and the Ku Klux Klan. The second incarnation of the Klan dominated Mississippian politics for its entire history.
Mississippi in popular culture
Folk singer Phil Ochs penned a song at the height of the Civil Rights Movement about Mississippi's general backwardness, titled "Here's to the State of Mississippi." In each stanza, Ochs criticizes an aspect of the state stuck in the past century (the police, the laws, the churches, etc.). Eight stanzas, six minutes, and he doesn't run out of material to rag on the state for.
Whoa, here's to the land you've torn out the heart of / Mississippi find yourself another country to be part of!
Mississippi's claim to fame is that it has made substantial contributions to American music, with jazz, blues, and rock all having roots in the state. The state's tourism agency will never let you forget this.
If you believe the Doobie Brothers, it also has gorgeous moonlight that will make everything all right.
- Martin Luther King (although born in Atlanta, Georgia)
- Elvis Presley
- William Faulkner
- Eudora Welty
- Charlaine Harris
- John Grisham (although born in Arkansas)
- Hayley Williams (born and raised in Mississippi, later moved to Nashville)
- Mississippi Ratifies 13th Amendment Banning Slavery
- White Baptist church in Mississippi bans black wedding, The Raw Story
- School drops race-based rules for student elections
- Mississippi School district ends segregation fight
- American Human Development Project
- America's Health Ratings
- A State-by-State Science and Engineering Readiness Index (SERI): Grading States on Their K-12 Preparation of Future Scientists and Engineers
- Same website as footnote one (sorry)
- Statista, Homelessness rate by State
- Mississippi Most Conservative State, D.C. Most Liberal
- Mississippians Go to Church the Most; Vermonters, Least
- Poll: Mississippi most religious; Vt., N.H. least
- Corporal Punishment in U.S. Public Schools: Prevalence, Disparities in Use, and Status in State and Federal Policy
- Mississippi – yes, Mississippi – has the nation's best child vaccination rate. Here's why.
- After Taking On Big Tobacco 20 Years Ago, Former Mississippi AG Is Trying Again With Opioids, Mary Louise Kelly, NPR 17 October 2017