The South has many negative connotations associated with it. Being a Southerner, I’m attuned to the negative attitude some have toward us. For example, I’ve come to appreciate the Confederate flag since there is so much political incorrectness attached to it. Some see it as a racist symbol. I see it merely as an historical artifact and nothing more.
It’s true that the South does have a history of overt racism. For more than a century, the Democrat Party owned the South politically. Democrats were the party of slavery, the Ku Klux Klan, lynchings, and Jim Crow. Democrats were the party of cross burnings, racial killings and other forms of violence, and segregation.
Since the civil rights era of the 1960’s, Democrats slowly began to lose their grip on the South so that now the South is solidly Republican. Not coincidentally, none of the aforementioned examples of racism exist in the South anymore. Nowadays, most of the cries of racism from the black community are phantom accusations, but where do even the phantom accusations occur? Inner cities and universities. And who runs inner cities and universities? Democrats.
Democrats will attempt to deflect their racist history by claiming that all those old racist Democrats became Republicans. This is one of many examples of liberal projection, and is false many times over.
First, all those old racist Democrats are dead. They didn’t become Republicans, and if they did, they came over as non-racists.
Second, the Republican Party fought and defeated slavery, attempted on several occasions to pass anti-lynching legislation (ultimately defeated by Democrats), was a target of the KKK, and voted for civil rights legislation in greater numbers than Democrats.
Third, Democrats own their history. It is theirs. It belongs to them. Republicans don’t want it, nor did we earn it. Democrats will never be able to disown their racist past for the same reason that Nazi Germany will never be able to disown the Holocaust.
Yes, the South was teeming with racism back when it was run by Democrats. But there has been a changing of the guard, so to speak, and these terrible things are history. We are Republican now. And it’s a much better place.