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Is the American South Racist?

Southern Racism

The American South, racism, hatred, and bigotry are often immediate associations with the region. "I am so sorry" has become a typical response when some tell people I am from the South.  Some say they have experienced more racism, homophobia, and classism in parts of the South than one ever has in other parts of America. Southern history is deeply shaped by the theft of indigenous lands and the exploitation of enslaved Black people. Bigotry permeates history, lingering through Southern lifestyles. Explaining things like white privilege, people would retort with, "We don't act like libtards in the South." Or most significantly, fraternity brothers would be held to lower standards of racial awareness because of their predominantly Southern membership.  The Great Migration, sometimes