When you think of the Mississippi Delta, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Farming… Catfish… Cotton… The Blues… Tunica… Good Eating… Joblessness… Poverty… Racial Discord…
I have asked many of my friends who live outside of the state this very same question. Sadly, most envision a divided land where its people live in very poor and separate communities. They often asks, “How can you live down there?” The harsh reality is that the national perception of the Mississippi Delta is not far off from these assumptions.
However… there have been significant changes in racial relationships here in Mississippi. Federal laws have changed much of the landscape and have shaped the views of many who were impacted by Jim Crow and then desegregation. It is very apparent that we are now living in a new era, in a new nation, and in a new time. However, there are still challenges that must be overcome in the Mississippi Delta.
And so, let us return to Indianola…
During my earlier campaign visits, I met with the community at large. Regardless of race, all have welcomed me into their homes and/or places of business to discuss the future of Indianola. As I pursue the office of Mayor, I want to emphasize a true sense of a united community.
Together, we can create “Delta Harmony”.
NOTE: This was an unedited piece that I wrote during my mayoral campaign in Indianola, Mississippi. I revised this item on June 16th, 2011, and have included in my blog. Please feel free to comment.