I won’t go into the recent negativity that has arisen around our “landmass.” I’ll let Shepherd Smith do that:
I think this could be a good thing. I just heard about someone from our great state who is having t-shirts made using the Landmass moniker. The proceeds will go to aid storm victims. We now have college fans who go to THE University of Landmass, The University of Southern Landmass, and Landmass State University.
If there is one thing Mississippians do well, it’s face adversity and deal with it. We can even find humor in a bad situation. I think it’s a gift. I think it makes us unique in a way. Where else can you go to learn of the history of some of the worst of places (think slavery), and yet find one of the best of places (some of the nicest, caring, and giving of people)? Yes, in some cases we are set in our ways. Yes, it’s humid here. It’s definitely not for everyone. And yes, we have our problems. Not to make light of person’s misfortune or tragedy, but (to use the cliche) we also know how to make lemonade out of lemons. When Katrina hit, we went to work. Most of the rest of the country didn’t know about that however, because the media’s attention was focused on New Orleans. It made for better and dramatic news. Please don’t get me wrong. What the folks in NOLA went through was unheard of, and my heart goes out to them. It was an unmitigated humanitarian disaster.
BUT, there were other people and landmasses that experienced tragedy just as well.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those in the path of Isaac. Be safe.