(ClarionLedger) — A Jackson couple had their wedding rehearsal last week, two days before their scheduled big day at the Crystal Springs church where they were planning to get married. But the couple’s dream of exchanging vows in the church they had been attending was dashed when the church pastor relayed to them that some members had complained about the black couple getting married in the predominantly white First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs. Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson said it was devastating having to move their wedding to another church only days before the July 21 wedding. Charles Wilson said that he and his wife sent out invitations and the printed program with their wedding date of July 21 at First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs.
The only reason this story is surprising is because this black couple is surprised it happened. Um, you guys are in some back woods town in Mississippi. I’ve never been, but I imagine the cultural acceptance in Crystal Springs makes Auschwitz look like a Bar Mitvah. You can’t get mad for a dog pissing on the rug because a dog doesn’t know better. Just like you can’t get mad at a bunch of inbred Southern racists acting like inbred Southern racists, it’s all they know. Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson are like people who move to a college town and complain about all the drinking and loud music. You knew the deal when you signed up. Only instead of streets littered with Natty Lights they’re littered with old white people who use phrases like “colored people.” You want to get married? Fine, move to a Northern state. But don’t cause a hullabal0o because some white church in Mississippi said you can’t get married. Just be happy they didn’t throw a town lynching and go say your vows elsewhere.
PS – it’s impossible to spell Mississippi without singing that “m-i-ssi-ssi-ppi” song in your head.