Southern Perceptions

Paul Henry Rosenberg rad at
Sun Sep 27 12:14:34 PDT 1998

John K. Taber wrote:

> I think I had hit home. These weird ideas have something to do
> with race and civil rights. Limbaugh does not give him his
> ideas, but confirms his feelings, or he wouldn't listen to him.
> Once, somebody told him the media is "lib'rul" and he clings
> to the notion. Who was that somebody? I'm now working on the
> suspicion that it was the Southern churches. Basically,
> throughout the South, it is the fundamentalist churches --
> the Baptists, Church of Christ, and much worse that inform
> folks, not the papers nor even TV. Gingrich's ascendancy
> is based on the alliance between the Republicans and the Southern
> churches. Or so I guess.

One source you might look into is at

which is devoted to examining the Neo-Confederate Movement. I haven't checked it out, really, but a couple of years ago I got some VERY interesting material from the guy who set up the site.

My own thoughts: Long before the 1950s was the 1830s. That's when the Abolitionists challenged the Colonizationists, who had created a nationally unifying ideology that combined eventual colonization of blacks in Africa with present-day tolerance for slavery. Only after this challenge began taking hold did the South turn toward active pro-slavery ideas.

It was the Yankee Abolitionists who were blamed for stirring up all the trouble--by revealing the hypocrisy of the colonizationist position -- an excellent example, BTW of what Lani Guinier describes as racial hegemony in some of the writings that got her in trouble.

I think they still resent Garrison, and have got his paper confused with the NYT.

-- Paul Rosenberg Reason and Democracy rad at

"Let's put the information BACK into the information age!"

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