18 June 2009

Misguided Efforts

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.


Michael Bradley said...

People who see the South as the cockpit of racial conflict are guilty of very selective eyesight! The evidence is obvious in any news report. For a good historical perspective on race relations one can do no better than the classic study by C. Vann Woodward, "The Strange Career of Jim Crow." M.L. King called this book "the bible of the civil rights movement" and it was the basis for King taking his movement North in his later years--a move which cost him dearly since public support was lacking for dealing with the subtle (and not so subtle) race discrimination in the North, especially in urban areas.

The most violent racist groups have headquarters in mid-western and northern states and California had over 80 hate-crime incidents in the last month, according to the SPLC (hardly a pro-Southern organization).

It is so much easier for the "drama queens" to focus on the South rather than face the truth of the old redneck proverb--sweep around your own backdoor. In the New Testament that proverb talks about getting the beam out of your own eye before picking sawdust out of your neighbors.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks Michael.

Two other revealing accounts which highlight some personal accounts regarding this matter are Clarence Thomas's autobiography and the personal story of Essie Mae Washington-Williams (daughter of Strom Thurmond).

Johann Van De Leeuw said...

Amen! Keep up the good work Sir!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say that I don't condone the terminology "hate crime". Now I have heard of crime, and last I checked if the current statutes are enforced then crime gets punished by it's old name of "crime".