Jonah Goldberg takes a look at northerners’ attitude toward the South.
There are few subjects that ignite more casual, uninformed bigotry and condescension from elites in this nation than Dixie. “Practically the whole region has rejected nearly everything that’s good about this country and has become just one big nuclear waste site of choleric, and extremely racialized, resentment,” the Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky wrote last year.
How then to explain the tens of thousands of South Carolinians, white and black, marching in unity across the Ravenel Bridge on Sunday night? Did the city bus in decent Northerners?
As a child of the South who has lived in the North for the last 15 years, I’ve witnessed a lot of rank ignorance and condescension from Northerners – especially regarding race relations. The notion that leaders from one of the most segregated and violent cities in America (Milwaukee) would be pretentious enough to lecture folks from the South about race relations is laughable. I’ve witnessed far more casual and real racism in Wisconsin than I ever saw growing up in Texas.
This makes sense because the South is much more diverse. There are far more black and brown people south of the Mason-Dixon than there are in the Midwest or Northeast. When you live with people of different races, seeing them and treating them as fellow humans isn’t all that hard. You all go to the same stores, churches, schools, workplaces, birthday parties, sporting events, etc.
It ain’t about a flag, folks. It’s about the culture.