If there is any single city that best symbolises the so-called ‘New South’ it must surely be Atlanta. The metropolitan area has a population of five and a half million people, making it the ninth largest in the United States. It has the world’s busiest airport. Nearly a tenth of the population speaks Spanish (these being mostly immigrants from Latin America). The metro area has the seventeenth largest economy in the world while nearly a quarter of the city is living at or below the poverty line. Atlanta is also now home to a large number of non-Southern migrants from elsewhere in the United States. In fact, Southern culture has all but been replaced in much of the Atlanta area:
Atlanta’s dialect has traditionally been a variation of Southern American English. The Chattahoochee River long formed a border between the Coastal Southern and Southern Appalachian dialects. However, by 2003, ‘‘Atlanta’’ magazine concluded that Atlanta had become significantly “de-Southernized,” with a Southern accent considered a handicap in some circumstances. In general, Southern accents are less prevalent among residents of the city and inner suburbs and among younger people, while they are more common in the outer suburbs and among older people….
Atlanta, while very much in the South, has a culture that is no longer strictly Southern. This is because in addition to a large population of migrants from other parts of the U.S., many recent immigrants to the U.S. have chosen to make the city their home, making Atlanta one of the most multi-cultural in the nation [sic]. Thus, although traditional Southern culture is part of Atlanta’s cultural fabric, it’s mostly the backdrop to one of the nation’s [sic] leading international cities.
Essentially, an area like Atlanta is ‘New South’ to the extent that Southerners have been pushed aside by non-Southerners. Imagine taking a city like Moscow, making it majority non-Russian by bringing in people from all over the world, replacing the traditional Russian culture of the city, and then called it ‘New Russian.’ Or imagine making Rome majority non-Italian and calling it ‘New Italian.’ When you get right down to it, what is going on in places like Atlanta is a process of ethnic/cultural cleansing. The native population which built the city and gave it its culture is being replaced. And we are told that this is ‘progress’ and that Atlanta is an example of the ‘New South’ which should be replicated throughout Dixie. We should understand that the people who advocate such a thing are advocating the ethnic/cultural cleansing of the Southern people and culture.