Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Meet the New South

Same as the Old South? Maybe not, but these guys definitely aren't Northerners. This is the area that many of us out west think of as home to racist, Confederate flag-waving, protester-spraying, Bush-loving, backward thinking hicks. I can tell you first hand that all of that is mostly incorrect. I haven't seen a single confederate flag here, nor have I seen any blatant acts of racism. And as far as I can tell, they dislike Bush here almost as much as they do in the rest of the country - though many Southerners would still prefer to have McCain as president. Today's South meshes much better with the rest of the country than it ever has, although you still feel a big difference when you drive in from Illinois. It just goes to show what a difference a new generation can make; the George Wallaces have grayed out without being replaced by fresh ranks of bigots. Hopefully these trends can continue.

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