Hot Tamales are a regional specialty of the Delta. Similar to Mexican tamales, but adapted to local tastes and ingredients. Compared to the Mexican dish, Delta hot tamales are generally spicier, simmered in juices, and have a different texture from the use of cornmeal instead of corn flour or masa.
The Mississippi Delta has high crime rates even for the south of the US, and is infamous as the most racist area in the United States. Although there are no longer lynchings, non-white visitors may want to be cautious in the region. Poverty is also quite prevelent and, while it may not be pleasant to look at, it is not a risk to your safety in the Delta.