Have a look at this. (h/t Instapundit). It’s the story of an ignorant college student who dresses up like a muslim and goes to small-town Amerika sure of finding redneck bigots. But she didn’t.
What gets me about this is the incorrigible ignorance of so many leftists. It really doesn’t matter how many times their stereotypes are shown to be false, they stick with them regardless.
Every time the “redneck” stereotype comes up in conversation I try to remind the fools who believe it that most of the great America literature in the last century came from redneck country, above all from Mississippi. Faulkner, Welty, Morris, Tennessee Williams, Grisham…certainly in terms of the size of the population, there is no state that can match Mississippi for talent. New York doesn’t come close, nor does California or Massachusetts, which the elite think of as the sainted islands reserved for deep thinking.
We sent two children to college in Texas, and for many years we have driven back and forth between Washington DC and Houston. To our enormous benefit we have gotten to known Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. People who don’t get to know the South are, like that girl, culturally deprived.