Mississippi is Sooo Dirt-Poor, a Boycott Wouldn’t Even Be Noticed
The threat of a national boycott — and/or a Fortune 500 company threatening to leave a state — usually gets noticed by governors and state legislators. The governor of Arizona vetoed the legislature’s “Zee Paperss Pleassse!!!” law a few years ago, fearing a loss of business and tourist-industry income. And I think the governor of Missouri just vetoed one of those nefarious “religious freedom” bills for the same reason. The governors of North Carolina and Indiana are under intense economic pressure to overturn the “Jesus Don’t Like Them There Homasexials” laws that they’ve signed.
And last week the governor of Mississippi signed the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” which might be the most far-reaching of all the recent “We’s Gonna Take Our Country Back to the 1850s” laws.
Should Mississippi be worried about a boycott? ROTFLMAO!!! Mississippi is in the same position as a disgruntled employee who knows he/she is just about to be fired: “ooooohhh, what’re they gonna do, fire me?!?”
As Leonard Pitts Jr. says in today’s column, Mississippi is the poorest, unhealthiest and least-educated state in the union. And with no Fortune 500 companies and not much of a tourist industry, what’s there to boycott? If there was a boycott, how could they tell?
Leonard Pitts Jr. closes his column with:
“…Mississippi just passed a law that 80 percent of its eighth-graders would struggle to read. If they graduate, those young people will look for work in a state with an unemployment rate significantly higher than the national average. But if one of those kids does manage to find work at the local doughnut shop, say, she will — until the law is struck down, at least — have the satisfaction of refusing service to some gay man, secure in the knowledge that the state that failed to educate her or give her a fighting chance in a complex world, now has her back.
One feels sorrier for her than for the gay man. Her life will be hemmed by the fact of living it in a state that fights the future, that teaches her to deflect and distract, not resolve and engage.
The gay man can buy doughnuts anywhere.”