Every once in a while I like to share the love that comes my way. It is striking just how many of these emails revolve around the same silly points. Today a reader thought enough of me to send this along:
All you allow on your website is people to spew their hatred of the South just like you do. You are an egomanic. The South has been slandered by it’s victors, rednecks and people like you. I sent you the truths about the civil war and all you did was pulled it off to control people’s thinking and exposure to some real truths and not the negativity you publish. I feel very badly for the students who are forced to beleive the material you “teach”!! [unedited]
I just want to ask the following of these people:
Exactly which South do I supposedly hate? Is the question to be understood strictly along historical lines? Do I hate all time periods (all 400 years and beyond) of Southern history or just specific segments that make up the region’s rich past? Should we narrow it down by region? Perhaps there are regions of the South that I hate more or less than others. Is there a specific demographic that I hate more than others? Perhaps I hate wealthy white slaveowners, non-slaveowners or even poor whites. Come to think about it, maybe I hate slaves and other groups of African Americans along with a countless number of other minorities. Hmmm… Perhaps there is a cultural element to my hatred of the South. Do I hate the music, the food, the language? I could go on and on with this line of questioning, but hopefully you get the point.
All I can say is that if you really believe that I “hate the South” than you hold to an overly simplistic and even a childish view of the region, including its diverse history, politics, and culture. And for that you deserve to feel offended.