A few times lately, I’ve run into the usually northern, usually liberal idea that the south is home only to conservatives. Now, I feel more midwestern than I do southern, but I have to set this record straight. The south is full of liberals. Look at Atlanta; look at Austin; look at North Carolina’s research triangle. I know there are southern liberals, because I’m friends with southern liberals. Southern liberals have been key players in every civil rights movement this country has ever seen. So please. You can say that in the south, liberals are the minority. But that’s the very reason you should say they exist. Unlike those in Massachusetts, California, or even some communities in Iowa, southern liberals have to be stalwarts. Don’t add to their trouble by claiming that in most meaningful ways, they don’t persist.
(Originally posted April 30, 2016)