I take great umbrage at watching people denigrate the South. From debates over the Confederate flag to hearing how people mock the way Southerners talk, I’m constantly amazed at how much bias and prejudice and bigotry is allowed to be directed at people who live south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
It’s obvious that Mike Huckabee was trying to endear himself to South Carolina voters. But in that attempt, he succeeded in advancing every ugly stereotype that some have about people who live in the South. As the media elitists on MSNBC hooted with delight, the former Arkansas governor painted a picture of a bunch of South Carolina hillbillies who fry squirrels and use outhouses.
Most people in South Carolina don’t eat squirrels. They have running water, they wear shoes, and they don’t marry their cousins.
They are smart and worldly and politically astute. They accept southern-bashing with grace and quietly appreciate the beauty and hospitality of their state.
And they can spot a pandering politician a mile away.