13 thoughts on “The South”

  1. How can that be? The Progressive Left keeps telling me that Orville Faubus and George Wallace and Sam Ervin and Albert Gore, Sr., and “Bull” Connor and J.William Fulbright and all the Byrds and Lester Maddox and John Stennis and all the rest going back to Nathan Bedford Forrest were all Republicans.

    1. There is also the myth of the Southern Strategy. It’s based on a single book that references part of an interview taken out of context. When you listen to the entire interview, it means something totally different than how it was portrayed.

  2. According to my father-in-law, whose family has been in East Tennessee for a couple of hundred years, the locals whose ancestors were pro-Confederacy are still Democrats — while descendants of the local Union-sympathizing Civil War-era majority are all Republicans.

    The county votes, he says, around 85% Republican to this day.

    1. Was going to say, I was surprised to see that at NRO.

      Think all of these people need to get out of their twitter bubbles. Someone said something meant to them and then they think everyone is racist.

    2. Man, there’s some weapon’s grade stupid in that Twitter feed.

      White supremacy has virtually ceased to exist as a real thing. A recent UPenn study, cited by 538 and the Washington Post, concluded:

      We find that via most measures, white Americans’ expressed anti-Black and anti-Hispanic prejudice declined after the 2016 campaign and election, and we can rule out even small increases in the expression of prejudice.

      And even the study’s authors are going with the assumption that Trump’s rhetoric is racist. They apparently confuse him with Obama, when racism went up.

  3. My first two years of college were at Florida Institute of Technology, in Melbourne Florida. That was 1972-1974. A lot of the students there were, for some reason, from Pennsylvania. I was struck by how bigoted they were toward blacks. And it wasn’t just some of them. I didn’t know any of them who weren’t, except for my first roommate. I was further impressed by the fact that Floridians, by and large, didn’t care about race at all. That was not uniformly true, mind you, but for the most part it was.

    We’ve come an awfully long way since then, people. Please don’t think we haven’t.

    1. We have but there is a regression on the left. White privilege, the progressive stack, diversity, people of color, and segregated spaces at schools are all signs of moving backwards.The stereotypes they have for others and the identity they have for themselves make having a discussion, much less solving any actual problems, very difficult.

      However, I think if Democrats were to accept that just because they claim to be against racism doesn’t mean everyone else is for racism, that things would get a lot better. Too bad we need tens of millions of cult deprogrammers to get there.

      1. How can they be against racism when the core of their whole belief system is racist? They attribute almost all human behavior, and even potential and proclivities, to a person’s race.

  4. What I don’t like is that Democrats think they can change but that others can’t. A lot of them think the South is unchanged since the 1800’s and that people alive today must be scapegoated and punished for there to be social justice.

    Democrats also are not very good at comprehending other people’s points of view. Take the confederate flag, it means different things to different people. Or look at the name Washington Redskins, a bunch of white progressives think its offensive but not many Native Americans do. How many Democrats think Republicans are against abortion because they hate women?

    1. How many Democrats willingly joined the party that went to war to preserve perpetual race based human slavery without batting an eye? The answer would be “all of them.” The Southern politicians who supported segregation and Jim Crow didn’t even leave office after the Civil Rights struggle collapsed their peculiar system. Fritz Hollings, who raised the rebel flag over the South Carolina capitol and who fought to keep blacks out of state universities, remained a Democratic Senator until 2005. Then he started writing for The Huffington Post.

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