Some Leftist Northerners are now wondering (after more than two centuries of a failed experiment) whether it’s time to separate from Southerners. Author Chuck Thompson, who it was noted in a Salon.com article (that is re-posted from Alternet.org) recently ‘toured the American South’ as if Dixie were an exotic, far-flung country, attempts to convince his Progressive readers that North and South separation is the best solution. He says:
One of the goals of this book really was to more or less articulate — to put some facts, figures and research behind — a lot of this frustration of Northern and Southern liberals, of which there are many. I encountered many Southern liberals while conducting my research.
There’s this seething frustration people have. There’s this kneejerk reaction to blame the South. The sort of Northern media strafing of the South for a lot of the nation’s ills is a longstanding tradition. What I wanted to do was to get away from the traditional stereotypes of the dim-witted, mouth-breathing, Southern racist redneck and really look at what’s going on today. Find out why people are still having these issues with the South, and put some hard research and some facts and figures behind this general unease with the influence that the South has on the rest of the country.
Any dialog that convinces people of the merits of Southern independence is certainly to be welcomed. However, it is worth noting that the Northern Left-wingers at Salon.com and Alternet.org are at least entertaining the idea because they hate us (which is fine with me). Notice the overt hostility to the South from an interviewer who calls the South ‘an English-speaking Mexico’ and then describes it as a ‘third-world country with crappy education systems, no health care, and a government of snake handlers.’ If that sort of harsh rhetoric and anti-Southern stereotype bothers you then be sure not to read the comments – because it’s only downhill from there.
After reading this article, I am reminded of a quotation from leading Fire-Eater and Southern secessionist Robert Barnwell Rhett:
The South must dissever itself from the rotten Northern element.
Perhaps the Northern Progressive at Salon and Alternet could agree with this, only in reverse. If so, that’s definitely good. And since we’re quoting Rhett, we might as well consider:
The star-spangled banner no longer waves in triumph and glory for me. …If a Confederacy of the Southern States could now be obtained, should we not deem it a happy termination – happy beyond expectation, of our long struggle for our rights against oppression?