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  •  Youre shitting me! (0+ / 0-)

    Even the south is embarassed by the kooks of the GOP.

    •  After Obama was elected (4+ / 0-)
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      RJP9999, fl1972, Escamillo, Dixie Liberal

      I went to visit a friend in a rural town in South Carolina.  Before even saying "Hello," my friend's uncle says to me, "So, how you like your n***er president?"

      Trust me, racism is far from dead here.  It's ideological, but racism is part of the ideology.  Universal Health Care is staunchly opposed because of the "Universal" part.  Unions are opposed because unions negotiate for every member of a trade.  Welfare is sneered at because nobody wants to give "them" anything for free.

      Middle-aged white southerners might be occasionally embarrassed by their elected officials, but they'll hang on to them because those officials are committed to keeping black people uneducated, alienated, and poor.  Now (as opposed to the 1950s) they just have to be >very<subtle about it.</p>

      •  not the whole story... (1+ / 0-)
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        Dirtandiron

        Trust me, racism is far from dead here.  It's ideological, but racism is part of the ideology.  Universal Health Care is staunchly opposed because of the "Universal" part.  Unions are opposed because unions negotiate for every member of a trade.  Welfare is sneered at because nobody wants to give "them" anything for free.

        but... Appalachia (a significant part of what we consider wouth) has historically been strongly accepting of massive wealth inequality and distrustful of government programs in general and social program in particular. This is deeply entrenched and can be traced back to their ancestors lives largely on the border between England and Scotland where they were largely isolated and subject to waves of invasions from the north and south. They had good reasons to distrust government!

        In the coastal south, traditions about maintaining social order and the importance of charity through religious and other such institutions make reform difficult.

        To sum this up as simply racism when the causes are much more complicated only serves to make an isolated region feel more isolated and detached from the rest of the country.

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