The blogosphere and state-run media are laden with South bashers who like to paint the region as backward, violent, bigoted, and full of hate.
However . . . according to the latest completed crime statistics from the Department of Justice and the Census Bureau (2007), hate crime rates are highest in the North. New Jersey has the highest rate per 100,000 persons of any state in the Union.
Interestingly enough, of the *13 original states that made up the the Confederacy, 9 are among those states with the lowest hate crimes per 100,000.
Shouldn't the drama queens who are constantly stressed out over the "redneck" aspect of Southern culture be directing their energies to combat real harm against our fellow citizens where it would do the most good?
*I'm including Missouri and Kentucky.