Originally Posted by RegGuy
Yeah right, he was 2 years old when they moved to Texas. He's a Texan.
There's a reason he vacations in the north.
At heart he's just there for the money, playing dude ranch.
But he did manage to fit in with a certain group.
One of the last major positions he took as governor is that it is ethical to execute someone whose attorney sleeps through the trial.
All of the texans I know are very well educated and sophisticated and baffled by the voting records of the state.
I think most texans consider bush an immigrant.
But they are pretty tolerant of that.
In mississippi they have a definite suspicion all external government.
That extends to the attempts by the catholic church to lobby legislation.
Currently terrorism has resulted in abortion being almost unavailable in mississippi currently.
But it is much more complex than the racist stereotypes you hear about the south.
There was a heavy jewish population in the rural south which has mostly moved to cities with everyone else now.
When I lived in a small town in mississippi in 1960 our minister had adopted two korean mixed race brothers.
Kind of putting his money where his mouth was christianity-wise.
That's a southern thing too.
Virtually everyone accepted them and no one criticized the minister.
They attended the 'white' school along with a number of black students.
There was a separate black school as well.
I know that because my father took me there to meet some of the kids.
Once the federal government got involved, the system was segregated for many years, totally.
Not a perfect place, but without the hypocrisy of the north.
And most people didn't agree with the status quo.
It is more complicated than a few stereotypes, unless they include small towns with temples and everything else.
For what it is worth, my girlfriend from new england, a rather vulnerable looking girl, said she was always struck by how courteously she was treated by southern blacks compared to the rudeness she got up north.
That impressed her.