Sean King

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Sunday, August 10, 2008

"Tenn. Defies Cliches on Race and Politics"

Darryl Fears: For Nikki Tinker, Tennessee's 9th Congressional District hung as sweetly as a plum in the state's Democratic primary. It has a black majority, is full of churchgoing African American women like herself, and includes the hallowed ground where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by a white man.

But in an election season in which racial appeals may be losing their power, Tinker discovered that looks can be deceiving. On Election Day, she was crushed by her white opponent....

I have felt for some time that the MSM's stereotype of the modern South as racist is schockingly ignorant. It is true that there are racists in the South, but in my experience they are no more prevalent than in the North and West. And, unlike in the North and West, the few in the South who are racist are generallyl honest and open about it.