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Didactic? Maybe. In the sense that I felt you were engaging in a bit of stereotyping to get your message across. I must have struck a chord in my response because you degenerated your argument into engaging directly in the stereotyping I suggested you originally implied. At no point in history was the south or it’s culture tolerant of incest, so let’s get that bit of nonsense out of the way. The Klan’s greatest presence for many, many years was in Illinois. I am 52 and never saw any Klan presence until I was 22 and living in the panhandle of Florida. The 12 idiots in their robes were laughed at and held to be objects of scorn. As for suggesting I implied there were no differences between “the Hollows of Appalachia” is just a flat-out falsehood. You are trying to support your outrage with imagination rather than fact.
My parents were from the deep, deep south. My Mother’s family in particular were products of a strongly segregated society. My Father grew up in poverty beyond the imagination. As I grew up I NEVER heard either of them utter a racist word. I NEVER recall them treating someone different based upon their skin or their culture. There were some that did those things but not in our house or in our Church. That’s not to suggest there wasn’t racism at all. I recall a day when I was about 15 riding in my Mother’s car. We passed an old storefront that had been boarded up for as long as I could remember. Someone was renovating it and had just pried the boards off the windows to reveal an old laundry. Painted on one of the windows were the words “White Only”. I asked my mother how they could make money washing only white clothes. To this day she tells me that was the moment she realized they were doing a pretty good job raising us. Speaking of Mom and your assertion there was a “cultural comfort with … statutory rape.”. While my Mother was not evenly a distant relative, she was 15 when she married my Dad. He was 19. My oldest sibling was born seven years later, so that wasn’t why they married. They married because that was not considered out of the ordinary. That is not rape and that is not coercive. They made a fine family and raised four successful and happy children. Finally, I have no way to prove or disprove your observation of “tiny shacks covered in hateful homemade plywood signs, looking like a schizophrenic racist had made them all.” I sort of doubt it, but if you insist.
In my travels the most strident and vocal racists I ever met were in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and Boston, Massachusetts.
All I want is for folks to stop automatically applying their stereotypes to me based upon my sex, the color of my skin or the my southern way of speaking. I think that was a pretty good way to raise kids and a pretty good way to live my life.