Throwing Shade

Mississippi Coast residents can learn a thing or two from black spring breakers

Women pose for a photo on the Biloxi beach during Black Spring Break near the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on Friday, April 13, 2018. In addition to the beach, spring breakers can go shopping and fishing or ride a go-kart or a zipline.
Women pose for a photo on the Biloxi beach during Black Spring Break near the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on Friday, April 13, 2018. In addition to the beach, spring breakers can go shopping and fishing or ride a go-kart or a zipline. Special to the Sun Herald

Each spring, I patiently wait for the Facebook trolls to come out to play.

And every year, they pop up quick and in a hurry, like wildflowers on overgrown lots or your high school ex sliding into your DMs after a rowdy Saturday bar crawl.

From the grammatically incorrect memes to the overtly racist posts, these are the people who post about how terrible Black Spring Break is on the Coast. Every. Single. Year.

"If there was a white spring break, they'd say we're racist."

"So, white people aren't allowed on the beach in Biloxi this weekend?"

Those are the two that get me going the most. And God forbid the media posts photos of spring breakers having fun on the beach. Then the real keyboard warriors come out.

"That's trashy."

"Ugh. Real classy."

"She shouldn't be wearing that."

You know, because only women who look a certain way should be allowed to wear certain things and show off their bodies. Because that makes sense.

I used to let these comments get to me. The 19-year-old Facebook warrior Justin used to spend hours arguing with these people, only to realize that I was getting nowhere.

Well, now I have a more level head (but still can't seem to stop with the keyboard warrior thing), so here are some things South Mississippians can learn from black spring breakers.

1. How to have fun. First of all, most of the people on my Facebook timeline never go to Biloxi and live above Interstate 10. Why are you complaining when you can be having fun on the weekend, like the thousands of college students and others who come to the Coast to enjoy the beach, food, music and dance contests that highlight Black Spring Break?

2. How to be resilient. It rained a lot over the weekend. It wasn't the best time to go to the beach. Storms caused damage to businesses in South Mississippi. But the spring breakers rode out the storm and thousands still showed up to Spring Fest at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum to hear several artists, even though Lil' Wayne didn't make it.

3. How to ignore the haters. These spring breakers come down to the Coast to stay, shop, eat, relax and have a good time. Yet, people are always quick to complain that they're here. Yes, traffic gets hairy. Yes, there's a wait at your favorite restaurant. Yes, there's a lot of people in one small area on the Coast. But you know what that means? They're here enjoying OUR cities spending their money, supporting our local economy.

4. How to be less judgmental. Trust me, if the spring breakers saw you trying to do "The Wobble" or "The Wop" or "The Cupid Shuffle" or any other line dance ever invented that makes for a less-awkward wedding reception, they'd have a lot to say. But they were too busy enjoying the twerk contest you're so offended by to care about what you think.

Next year, give your fingers a break and go hang out with black spring breakers and have fun. You'll probably change your mind.

Justin Mitchell; 228-604-0705, @JustinMitchell_
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