Friday, April 6, 2012
Not For Chuckles
Race has been the central preoccupation of Southern politics since Bacon's Rebellion in 1676. The rest of the country was happy to let the South be until the South started demanding the ability to export its peculiar institution to the trans-Mississippi west. After that wee fracas from 1861-1876, the nation went back to letting the South be until the 1940s, when millions of African Americans moved north.
Suddenly race was everyone's issue. And then African Americans in the South made sure the rest of the world knew what it was like to be black in the South.
Every since then there has been slow but steady progress for African Americans. It has not been perfect; it has not been uniform.
But judging from the comments that tbogg links to, I think it is safe to say it has driven some people stark raving insane.