Democrat Senator from Louisiana, Mary Landrieu, sure stuck her foot in her mouth yesterday when she said that the south has not been friendly to blacks or women because it is conservative. If that’s the case, why are there so many of us down here? Why aren’t we scrambling to move to other parts of the country leaving behind the white guys?
Speaking as a white woman, I like it here. I’ve had chances to move to other areas, but have chosen not to. And why wouldn’t a woman not want to live in the South? The climate here is certainly better here than the climate in most parts of the nation. I’m not an outdoors person and the thought of having to shovel snow everyday in order to get to work does not appeal to me at all. Furthermore, it’s overall much safer down here. I consider the street and neighborhood where I live to be one of the safest in the nation. So why would I want to move to a place where I had to have multiple locks on the doors and would be taking a chance with my life if I decided that I needed something from the store in the middle of the night. Also, folks are generally friendlier here and much more likely to help you if you’re in distress. And the food’s better down here.
Now I can’t speak for blacks, but here in Alabama, some of you might be happy to know that we have made some strides since last year. If you will recall, last year the top two Alabamians were white. This year that’s changed. Granted, the number one person in the state of Alabama is white and you can call me a racist if you must, but I hope that doesn’t change anytime soon. But the number two person in this state is black. And you will probably have to go down to places 8 or 9 to find a white person. Now my list might not be the same as everyone’s list, but I can guarantee you that a large majority of the people that live in the state of Alabama will say that the number one person in the state on their list is white and the number two person on their list is black.
So, what’s Ms. Landrieu trying to say or what excuses is she trying to make for the fact that she is struggling to keep her Senate seat? My guess is that she’s doing what all Democrats seem to do when they are backed into a corner and can’t win arguments based on facts and statistics. She hurls insults and accusations of racism, sexism, and every other “ism.” Well, Mary, you might ought to re-think you conclusions about the South. You just might be taking up permanent residence here in the near future.