And to clarify - the South wouldn't be the South without black people. Like it or not, the cultures and fates of white and black Southerners are intertwined. Many of white southerners' most cherished institutions came from black folks and, to a certain extent, vice versa. Contrary to public perception, the South is statistically the most integrated region in the US. And I love it that way. That's the new South. THAT's the South rising again. Imagine the South without gospel music, the blues, the banjo, the food, etc. I mean damn, take all those away, turn down the thermostat and you've got Michigan or New Jersey. Who the hell would want that? I'm from what some might call a second shelf(Northern towns in which are culturally Southern) southern part of town and my mothers root lie in Tuskegee, so I have a good amount of love for the South and like most Black am culturally southern to an extent. Still the South still has many places where it's terrible to be Black , particularly in rural Miss and LA, folks who celebrate these confederate do nothing but highlight this. Detroit(another second shelf city) did give us Motown so Michigan isn't so bad.