What an outbreak of animosity toward Southern citizens in the Jan. 5 letters. Chris Corbacho (“Left-lane hogs weren’t taught correctly”) makes clear that the driving skills of people from the North are better by alluding to “a typical self-centered Southern attitude.” And Bill Schmidt (“Thank goodness for regulations”) alludes to Southerners hanging blacks from every other tree.
I was born in the South and have lived and traveled all over the United States. Last summer, we drove through the West and Midwest, Canada and Alaska, and the superior driving skills of our non-Southern neighbors were nowhere to be found over 13, 600 miles of driving. Additionally, there were many hangings and murders of blacks outside of the South.
Stereotyping Southerners is not new; it is just another form of prejudice and shallow-minded bias. Southerners are no better or worse than any other segment of society, and I wonder why The State would allow some of its readers to insult their neighbors this way.