Wednesday, February 16, 2011

OK, then, somebody PLEASE call Hollywood

One of the things that really pisses me off about TV and Movies is the image of southerners as slack-jawed, idiots who live in shacks and who for entertainment drink some home brewed liquor and lynch a few "coons" on Sa'erday nite!
Non-southerners are always, witty, urbane and well educated. Yeah, that's totally true. I guess that "Jersey Shores" crowd is an aberration.
I've lived here and traveled thoroughly throughout the country and the world. Anyone who thinks racism is alive and well south of the Mason-Dixon line better think again. And there are uneducated idiots everywhere. (go watch Season 2 of "Jersey Shore" in Miami)
Personally I find the US vs THEM attitude much more prevalent up north. And it splits up the white community in ways that you just don't see in the south. Very few southern people cling to being German-American, Irish-American, Italian-American, Polish-American, etc. And those groups don't usually like each other in my experience. In fact, in most northern cities those groups self SEGREGATE themselves into ethnic neighborhoods. Likewise, the west coast does this. From the Mexican border to Canada I've seen it. Not something you see in the south at all.
Further, having grown up and lived 'down here', there wasn't a KKK meeting everyday, everywhere either, contrary to what we see in entertainment. That's Hollywood bullshit. In fact, the majority of overt racists are Neo-Nazi Skinhead types now, with many holding DUAL Memberships in the Klan and the Skinhead orgs. And they hate or distrust everybody that ain't them! Gee, that sounds like northern and western neighborhoods to me.
And if you do the homework, most of the Klan, White-Supremacist, Neo-Nazi groups reside in places like Iowa, Indiana, Idaho, Arkansas, Oregon and Washington. I can tell you THE most racist, in your face, no niggers wanted attitude I ever saw was in a Sumas, WA. Bellingham comes in a close second and Portland is third. (hey, I just realized, that's no where near the South!) Traveling with a business partner, who is black, we were ignored in restaurants, stores and gas stations. They refused to sell to us or give us service. They'd just leave us sitting or go to the next customer. THAT is racism. A mile away in Canada, the idiocy was completely absent.
Wondering where all this is going yet? Here's the payoff.
In a reversal, more blacks moving back to South
The Great Migration, the 60-year escape from segregation and racism that brought American blacks to the North, has reversed course. Better jobs and quality of life in the South are beckoning, as is the lure of something more intangible — a sense of home.

"It's no coincidence that the shift is happening as we encounter economic turmoil that is being felt disproportionately among blacks, such as mortgage foreclosures, loss of jobs and economic devastation in major Northern hubs," said Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP's Washington bureau. "With major changes and less racial devastation in the South, people are finding their way back."

The nation's black population grew by roughly 1.7 million over the last decade. About 75 percent of that growth occurred in the South — primarily metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Miami and Charlotte, N.C. That's up from 65 percent in the 1990s, according to the latest census estimates. The gains came primarily at the expense of Northern metro areas such as New York and Chicago, which posted their first declines in black population since at least 1980.

Illinois had its first decline in the black population in the state's history, with the number of African-Americans decreasing by 1.3 percent since 2000, according to official 2010 census figures released Tuesday.

In all, about 57 percent of U.S. blacks now live in the South, a jump from the 53 percent share in the 1970s, according to an analysis of census data by William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution. It was the surest sign yet of a sustained reverse migration to the South following the exodus of millions of blacks to the Midwest, Northeast and West in the Great Migration from 1910 to 1970.

"The Great Migration of millions of disenfranchised blacks from the South to Northern cities has now completely turned around," Frey said. "Blacks now look to states like Georgia, Texas and North Carolina as the places with the most promise in the 21st century — a prospect that would have been unimaginable a generation ago."

It's not a landslide change, but somebody must have noticed that the south isn't what it once was. Odd that it was the very people who suffered the most, that realized it first. I expect Hollywood to catch up...never.


Spider said...

Steve, the reason you see those images portrayed on TV and movies is because that industry is controlled by White northern liberals.

Being a northern yankee, but one who spends lots of time in the South, i agree with what you're saying. I've been going to southern FL since the mid 70's, and usually by car, so it gives me a chance to see some of the southeast. Even i see the changes in the South, and in Southerners. And i must say, i find those changes rather disappointing. Yeah, i know about all that "lets all get along" crap, but IMO, they've gone a bit too far. When i saw the NAACP have the Confederate flag removed from a southern State house a couple of years ago, i knew the South was finished.

And in all my time down south, i've never heard nor seen any signs of racism. That's not to say it doesn't exist, but it's not what the northern White liberals would have you believe. There's a whole lot more racism up here in the north, and the majority of it comes from blacks. That's right. Blacks!

Schteveo said...

Media is controlled by idiot liberals from CA too. Many of whom grew up either out there in CA or, as you say, the Northeast.

As to the Confederate flags, they mattered to just two groups, old style idiot southerners, they do exist. And the other group is liberals.

A few years ago when all that crap hit the fan, I was completely let down when NONE of the MSM drones pointed the finger at DEMOCRATS for putting those flogs up in the 1960's during the Civil Rights days. Given the Dixiecrat thing, most modern southerners didn't care. that's why they went away so fast / easily.

I think THE most racist group out there is blacks. But here, it's that small, vocal community of hyper screamers who show it. Most of whom use it as a paycheck! Show me the White Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. I'd say David Duke or some other moron is about on par with those two.

And, like them, it pays the bills.

BOW said...

These idiots are the racists.