The article is leftist sewage. Best I've been able to discover thus far, the author, Matthew Pulver, has no other leftist hate-mongering articles in Salon, but has several articles at Flagpole Magazine in Athens, Georgia, home of the University (what a surprise, huh) of Georgia. I hope I get some time to skim these articles, but you can tell just from the titles they drip with toxic leftism.
But what's even more interesting is the hate spewing forth from the Salon comment threads. Although she's a Confederacy-hater, commenter LynnRobb gets some things right. She nails it with this:
What do you think Germany or Japan would be like today if no one had lifted a finger to help feed them or rebuild their infrastructure and economies after WWII? That is what happened to the South, and it took almost a century for it to pull itself up by its bootstraps and become economically viable again.Ah, Mr. or Ms. Robb, you're injecting entirely too much reality into the discussion. Don't you know that gittin' your leftist hate on is soooo much more fun? Like this:
Coupled with the kind of hateful attitude toward Southerners expressed in most of the 642 posts (so far), perhaps the South is justified in both feeling victimized and distrusting liberals.
Spoken like a true, never can admit defeat, low-bred, low-educated southerner**Yay you.
It may need burning down again. ... Where is Sherman when you need him. And where are the lions? ... It is awful, the people dumb, their policies and poltics stupid and dangerous. I've been working on getting out since my ill fated decision to move down here. A total cesspool.
It's not just a racial thing. In fact, I would argue that's the least important aspect of the problem. It's the whole Southern mentality, the hyper-religiosity, and the contempt for education and science. These are things that can't be imposed by outsiders. It has to happen from within and the chances of that ever happening are vanishingly small.
...these fools world view is heavily predicated on preserving the social order ...
...Look at the rapid minority growth, that is causing the southern whites to freakout and pass Jim Crow voter laws. (Passing laws to prevent the voter fraud so expertly practiced for generations by the left isn't "freaking out". The left hates honest elections--cw)
There's more, and I even left a few comments, but leftists are hermetically sealed off from any viewpoints other than their own, so it's pretty pointless.
But for people who say we "need" to be hated, but really aren't hated, the comment thread at Salon proves them abysmally wrong.
*Hate words in red.