keepingfit saidThis is one of several reasons why I dislike living here.
I have mixed feelings about Mississippi. I used to visit Natchez annually, and stay at one of the old plantations outside of town, as a private guest of the owners, who used it as a retreat from their New Orleans home (it was still a private residence, not a B&B or inn). Called Brandon Hall, if you know it, a typically huge ante-bellum mansion. Normally closed to the public, it was included on the annual tour of great Natchez homes.
Another I greatly admired is Dunleith, the classic Greecian-columed 2-story plantation mansion, with a double veranda on 3 sides, now run as a B&B. While in the city of Natchez itself you have Stanton Hall, an ornate extravagance from a bygone era. Plus I've seen similar sights all throughout the state, like the lovely period homes in Port Gibson, many more modest than the plantations but still beautiful.
And while tourists around me would gawk approvingly at these things, I'd be thinking to myself: "What human misery, what enslaved labor, did it take to create these things? Great works by humanity, at the cost of great inhumanity." And to their credit, the tour guides would also show the surviving slave quarters, and describe a bit of those awful lives of perpetual servitude. And then the tourists would go back inside the great house to marvel again at the luxury, having forgotten all about what they just saw out back.
The taint of slavery still stains Mississippi, and much of the Old South, where I lived for 13 years. I heard "states rights" used as a cover for anti-black racism, just as we hear "family values" used as a cover for hatred against gays. And both are still deeply entrenched in the South, despite a few good people like yourself.