Here's the latest.
Alternet.org republished commentary by author Allen Barra and asks the question: "Is the South dragging the rest of the nation down?" It may infuriate you, but it's worth a few minutes of your time. (It also mentions our old friend, Donald Stewart, the Anniston attorney.)
There are all sorts of problems with Barra's story, not the least of which is the downplaying -- if not the ignoring -- of the South's contributions, particularly economically and militarily, to the United States. But I guess that's to be expected, considering the source. His piece, as you will see, is also heavily influenced by Chuck Thompson's Better Off Without 'Em.
The author writes, "I don’t think racism is the cardinal sin of the South, and it certainly isn’t exclusive to the South. The South’s cardinal sin is in pretending that racism didn’t cause the Civil War, and that racism doesn’t survive as a major issue."
-- Phillip Tutor