This has been my longest stay in Mississippi. I leave Thursday – a full three weeks after I arrived.
Tomorrow night I am hosting a ladies dinner. There will be a box of wine, a bunch of food* and plenty of conversation. Open conversation. Very frank discussion (hopefully) about religion, sex, sexual education and politics in Mississippi.
This discussion can’t eschew the still tender subject of race. As of now, the crowd seems to be a fair split between black and white. This is not insignificant. A common refrain from all those I have talked to in my three weeks here is the black/white divide is still very real. Very real even among the most like-minded.
*Among the selection will be pimento cheese sandwiches. This is a staple; spread over pumpernickel toast.