We're in the middle of a cultural war everywhere in this country, but I particularly feel it here in Mississippi, where I live. I know many wonderful, creative, progressive people here.
Hollywood, however, doesn't see them or have any interest in them because there's no drama in living a happy, normal life.
While the Coen Brothers film O Brother Where Art Thou (Wiki) was well made, it still perpetuated a stereotype of a racist, backward state - in 1937.
Mississippi Burning is a film which takes place in in 1964. This is 2014, 50 years later, and the Mississippi of today is nothing like the Mississippi of 1964 or 1937 - for most people except right-wingers..
I know many wonderful musicians here - Celtic, bluegrass, blues, classical - filmmakers, photographers, painters, sculptors, glass makers, filmmakers, watercolorists, and many more. We have some excellent writers here.
And then there are the 'eternal yesterdayers' - a literal translation from German for neo-Nazi sympathizers - right-wing politicians who long for 'the good old days' of being able to discriminate against anyone for any reason which strikes their fancy. They're still around and their poisonous thinking has, sadly, affected a small percentage of younger people.
The newest attempt of the right-wing 'take America back' crowd (an ambiguous concept if there ever was one) to set us back: legislation which, using the pretext of 'religious freedom', legalizes discrimination against gays.
Here's Salon's take on it:
O Mississippi, Where Art Thou? (The real, progressive Mississippi Hollywood doesn't write about.)