We have another example of US Leftists mischaracterising the South in general, Southern nationalists in particular and expressing their open hatred for White Southerners and Christians. These are the people who claim that they are tolerant and open-minded. Their rhetoric certainly does not come across this way.
The article in question comes from Kathryn W Huff, who blogs at a Leftist site called Sky Dancing under the name Dakinikat and describes herself on her Facebook page as an ‘Unabashed member of the cultural and intellectual elite.’ In an article from her today entitled ‘More Endorsements‘ she jumps from attacking Mitt Romney on foreign policy (and to be clear, we here at SNN have been extremely critical of Romney for his Neo-con friendly foreign policy; see: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, etc.) to demonstrating her lack of historical knowledge, attacking SNN and insulting the South, focusing her hatred primarily on White Southerners. This is a familiar theme with Huff; she seems to delight in insulting and attacking White men, especially White Southern Christian men, whom she describes as ‘troglodyte white, extremist christian, men’ later in her piece. Huff writes:
One of the weirdest observations that I’ve seen in awhile is how the US election maps seem to reflect the same kind of boundary lines we saw when we were fighting over the issue of slavery. Even actual Confederate hold outs seen [sic] this. Steve Pinker has some interesting thoughts on the redness and blueness of some states. I can tell you, it’s not pleasant to live in a red state if you’re a woman, a child, or a minority. There’s an emphasis on a plantation style economy, education goals that are out of step with modernity, and ensuring the primacy of white, christian, men. Abortion and birth control restrictions, ensuring the taxes don’t impact the rich, and enacting radical religious views on all kinds of things have been their priorities. Your only hope is to stay in a red state’s biggest city or move.
There are numerous problems with this short paragraph. First, the electoral map we posted which she links to in her article was a comparison to the 1860 electoral map. While slavery was undoubtedly a major issue of the time, the issues went far beyond that single issue and broadly centred around the efforts by White Southerners to ensure their survival in the face of open hostility from the Northern Republicans (see the decidedly anti-Southern book ‘Apostles of Disunion’ by professor Charles B Dew for more on this). The primary political issue of 1860 was secession and the legality of US violence against seceded States. In fact, Delaware and Maryland, States with small slave populations which did not secede from Union, voted overwhelmingly along with the other Southern States against Lincoln. The long history of conflict between the North and South going back to the 1600s has been explored in great detail on this site and is freely available for those who are interested in educating themselves on the subject.
Second, Southern nationalists are not ‘Confederate holdouts.’ We have explained our position clearly and at length on our ‘About’ page. We are nationalists who believe in the inalienable right of self-determination for the Southern people (and everyone else, for that matter).
Notice too that Huff, who (according to her Facebook page) lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, says ‘ I can tell you, it’s not pleasant to live in a red state if you’re a woman, a child, or a minority.’ Of course, half the population of the ‘red States’ (Louisiana being one of them) is female. Half of all White Southerners, a people Huff seems to hate above all others, are female. As well, the Lower South States in particular have very large non-White populations (about one-third of Louisiana’s population is Black, for instance). If women and non-Whites in Louisiana and other Southern States were treated so terribly, why would they remain there? No one is forcing these people to stay in these States. Wouldn’t there be a mass exodus if life for women and non-Whites in the South were really as terrible as Huff makes it out to be? Instead, there is actually a large migration of Blacks leaving the North and West to move back to the South. It’s not just Blacks. Millions of Mexicans have flooded parts of the South, unfortunately displacing native Southerners in many areas. Millions of White Northerners and Westerners, a great number of them Leftists like Huff, have also moved to the South, fleeing largely Third World, dysfunctional cities such as Chicago, Detroit and San Bernardino that have been destroyed by people with Huff’s values and subsequently re-populated. My own State of South Carolina has received vast numbers of White Leftist refugees from such places.
Huff goes on to explain why she hates the South: ‘There’s an emphasis on a plantation style economy, education goals that are out of step with modernity, and ensuring the primacy of white, christian, men.’ This is almost too comical to respond to; what sort of alternative reality does Huff inhabit?! The plantation economy which made the South much more prosperous than the North prior to the US invasion of the South is long gone. Extreme poverty and gross exploitation (which we are only now overcoming) was forced upon the previously wealthy South by the United States. As far as the South’s educational system, this is largely dictated to States and local governments by the US Federal Government through the Federal Department of Education. Beyond this, Southern universities (and even many of our high schools) are often dominated by Northern-born faculty (the history department of the university in Georgia where I studied in graduate school had not a single Southerner on its staff; the entire department was overtly anti-Southern and anti-White). Finally, her bit about ‘modernity’ is a dead give-away of her deracinated, Enlightenment-based world-view. Southern nationalists reject Modernity and the Post-Modern death and destruction around us today. We have an entirely different and far more organic system of values and society in mind which we work towards each day.
UPDATE: Kathyrn Huff writes in the comment section of the article discussed above:
When I moved to Louisiana it was a purple state. It’s gone red and it’s a complete hell realm here now. I miss Minnesota even though I don’t miss the winters.
A bit later in the comments Huff writes:
I don’t worship anything. That’s a formula for being enslaved to something.
FURTHER UPDATE: Huff writes of SNN readers:
They’re probably proud members of all the usual suspect hate groups that you find the minute you leave the safety of the big city around here. They all probably look like Haley Barbour–too big, fat and dumb.