Monday, July 31, 2017

Southern Exceptionalism

Surfing around, I find an article posted in Politico magazine.  It's helpful to read these things sometimes to know what the unwashed intellectuals are thinking, but it turns out this idiot isn't thinking at all.
We are a special nation, uniquely founded on high ideals like freedom and equality. In practice, however, much of what sets the United States apart from other countries today is actually Southern exceptionalism. The United States would be much less exceptional in general, and in particular more like other English-speaking democracies such as Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand were it not for the effects on U.S. politics and culture of the American South.
I don’t mean this in a good way. A lot of the traits that make the United States exceptional these days are undesirable, like higher violence and less social mobility. Many of these differences can be attributed largely to the South.
Attributed largely to the South?  I guess that Chicago, Minneapolis, and Detroit are Southern cities?

I could go on, but I won't.  As it turns out, Chad Prather has done a memorable rebuttal in video form.  Click to watch it.

Well said, Chad, well said.


Retired Spook said...

Redneck is not a location, it's a state of mind! I've met rednecks from Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio. And I've met SJWs from Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama.

It ain't where you're from, it's who you are!

Old NFO said...

That kinda puts that crap to rest... sigh

Jonathan H said...

Exactly ... I've met worse backwoods racist Rednecks in Rhode Island than in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, or Texas.
Where I currently am in West Virginia, Redneck is only used in jokes - Hillbilly is more commonly used by locals to describe themselves.