Always the victims, no matter what

Always the victims, no matter what

by digby

So a lot white Southerners believe that nobody loves them. As usual.

Nearly half of white American poll respondents living in the South feel like they’re under attack, a new Winthrop University poll found.

Forty-six percent of white Southerners polled said they agree or strongly agree that white people are under attack in the U.S. More than three-fourths of black respondents said they believe racial minorities are under attack.

And 30 percent of all respondents in the poll agreed when asked if America needs to protect and preserve its white European heritage. More than half of respondents disagreed with the statement.

Sure, their chosen president is in the White House. Conservatives have every branch of government. They have their own news media and it's very powerful. Their numbers are smaller than in the past but white people are still a majority of the country and their "European heritage" is culturally dominant. But it's not enough. It's never been enough. If everyone doesn't agree with them in word and deed, they are being "attacked."

One more time, honest Abe said it all:

The question recurs, what will satisfy them? ... This, and this only: cease to call slavery wrong, and join them in calling it right. And this must be done thoroughly - done in acts as well as in words. Silence will not be tolerated - we must place ourselves avowedly with them

This sense of grievance is in the DNA of Southern white conservative culture. They fought a bloody war over it. But today only 46% take that attitude. Maybe by 2117, it'll be under 20.