There’s been a lot going on in my life lately, so I have (unfortunately) slipped into a lull of reblogs and inactivity. But I just saw something that absolutely infuriated me on Facebook.
I know, I know, Facebook does that, which is why we love Tumblr. This was a post that flat-out stated all Southerners and Southern states were useless and holding the rest of the country back from the blue utopia that is obviously the ultimate goal. Now, I’m unashamedly liberal. I was raised by a good Southern Baptist, conservative, Southern lady, but I’m as liberal as the day is long. There are a lot of reasons for this, many of them personal, so I’ll just leave it at that, although if someone is truly interested, I’d be more than happy to discuss it.
But the idea that all Southerners want to leave the South is an absolute fallacy and incredibly offensive. I love the South. I love it like no other place that I’ve ever laid eyes on. It’s my home. It’s the home of my ancestors from pretty much the time they came over from Europe. I have no desire to leave. I do want to help bring the South into the 21st century and I will fight for the rights of every single citizen, whether black, Latin@, Asian, or any other descent. Whether gay, bi, trans, genderqueer, or somewhere else in the spectrum. But I will not turn tail and run; I will fight for my home.
The fact that without the South, despite all of the embarrassing pieces of our Antebellum history, the US wouldn’t exist in the capacity that it does today is something that escapes the Yankee liberal. They think that Southern liberal just means we don’t go out lynching PoC or that we flat-out don’t exist. But we do. We’re here. And we’re not going anywhere. We have no desire to come join your hippie compounds in the Great White North. So realize what you say before alienating potential friends.