“Thank God for Mississippi” is a widely known dig across the southeast.
It’s an unfair remark about the state’s historical standing near the bottom across many important metrics like education, healthcare and income.
While those are certainly three areas of opportunity for The Magnolia State, that shot paints in a kind of light that infers Mississippi lacks sophistication and relevance on a national scale, which simply isn’t true.
For one, Mississippi serves an important role in trucking.
According to World’s Top Exports, Mississippi shipped $11.2 billion worth of goods worldwide in 2017. More than 20-percent of that figure – $2.3 billion – was petroleum oils.