Stereotypes About the South
April 5, 2012 1 Comment
I’ve been saying this for ages,and I am so glad to see someone else talking about it:
“The common perception that Southerners are stupid obscures the generations of progressive activists who have fought, sacrificed and sometimes died to make this a more hospitable and inclusive place. But progressive media outlets too often imply that we are an undifferentiated mass of ignorant bigots. In a 2004 Slate article, for example, novelist Jane Smiley wrote that “ignorance and bloodlust have a long tradition in the United States, especially in the red states.” Her conclusion? Progressives should just write them all off as potential political allies and marginalize these states as much as possible. But this is extremely ineffective political strategy – and almost certainly would have prevented Obama’s 2008 wins in swing states North Carolina, Florida and Virginia.”
The sooner every fucking progressive and Northerner reads this piece, the better. Please and thank you.
We’re not going to go anywhere divided. We’re not going to make any progress if Southern states keep getting dismissed and ignored.
So pay attention, ‘kay?