This has to do with a conversation I had with a total stranger at a bar from the north earlier this afternoon about Cam that I posted about in the main Panthers forum, but it got me to thinking, "Are northerners more racist than southerners?"
You always hear in the media stories about racism in the south, and if you just listened to national dialogue you would think that the north was a place of racial harmony while the south is still muddled with simmering racism still festering from the civil rights movement.
Now, I admit I have not spent much time in the deep south like Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. But I have lived my entire life in NC, spent a lot of my time in GA, Tenn, SC, and northern Florida. And there is no doubt that there is certain levels of racial animosity that exist all around these parts. I have heard it and seen it.
But, I have been to the north on several occasions and have met those from the north who have traveled here to the south as well. And I can't tell you the amount of shock I have from the blatantly racist things I have heard, and not just from seemingly one person, but several people from all around the north. Things that I have not, or at least rarely have, heard come out of the mouths of southerners, whether in public or private.
It baffles me. So this is my question. Do you think northerners are actually more racist than southerners, or do you think that these northerners based off of a misleading national narrative, attempt to assimilate with us from the south, and therefore allow themselves to speak in more blatantly offensive and racial terms, because they believe it is accepted as the norm in the south?
In other words, do northerners act more racist around southerners because they because they wrongly feel like that is acceptable in the south, or is that their true feelings and they just speak that way all the time?