28 April 2014

Where Are The Haters?

Several Civil War bloggers and "professional" historians frequently post comments which suggest the South (specifically the Old Confederacy and all symbolism associated with it), is the center of all evil in the modern world: racists, bigots and violent gun-toting rednecks who have nothing better to do than brew moonshine, wave the Confederate flag and commit hate crimes - Yee-haw!!

But, as I have recently pointed out in other posts, facts and statistics actually show that many of these issues are far more prevalent in New England than they are in the South. Could there be something other than facts motivating these historians in their obsessive-compulsive disorder of constantly pointing out the sins of the South? Could it be the fact the South is, as David Blight has noted, ". . . is to this day the greatest conservative resistance to federal authority in American history". The constant bashing seems to have more to do with emotion and agenda than it does with facts. 

As they continue their witch-hunt, these modern day Puritans should consider that FBI statistics reveal that hate-motivated violence seems to be much more prevalent in New England than it does in the South.

The 10 states (including the District of Columbia) with the most hate crimes per capita are:
  1. Washington, D.C., with 13.4 incidents per 100,000 people.
  2. Massachusetts, with 5.77 incidents.
  3. New Jersey, with 5.76.
  4. Oregon, with 5.25.
  5. Kentucky, with 4.33.
  6. Maine, with 4.14.
  7. North Dakota, with 4.05.
  8. Connecticut, with 3.91.
  9. Colorado, with 3.73.
  10. Minnesota, with 3.71.
Isn't it interesting that, after Washington D.C. (the utopia for the morally superior political class), the two states with the highest rate of hate crimes per capita are Massachusetts (the utopia for the morally superior academic class) and New Jersey (the utopia for, uh . . . ???, well, never mind). The ONLY state in the top 10 which could be associated with the South is Kentucky, and Kentucky was not part of the Confederacy. 

Facts are stubborn things.

Granted, there are nuances and imperfections in the reporting and the statistics. And no one can deny the South's ugly history regarding civil rights. However, there is certainly enough evidence to, at the very least, suggest that the constant drumbeat by certain bloggers and "professional" historians about the South's lingering and "inherent" bigotry and hatred seems to be motivated by something other than facts and current realities. Even the anecdotal experience of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas lends weight to the realities revealed by the statistics:
The worst I have been treated was by northern liberal elites. The absolute worst I have ever been treated,” Thomas said. “The worst things that have been done to me, the worst things that have been said about me, by northern liberal elites, not by the people of Savannah, Georgia. (Source)
The hate-crime rankings were gleaned from FBI's statistics in 2011.

1 comment:

Eddie said...

That has been a trend for a long time. This from Martin Luther King before his death --

"I've been in many demonstrations all across the South, but I can say that I have never seen---even in Mississippi and Alabama---mobs as hostile and hate-filled as I've seen in Chicago, I think the people from Mississippi ought to come to Chicago to learn how to hate."