In tiptoeing around what "Southern pride" is actually representative of and refusing to condemn the Confederate flag as the horrific reminder of human slavery and discrimination it is, we're inherently encouraging modern-day acts of racism and ideologies that are straight-up wrong.
There were a few times up in Michigan when our entire family drove to Mississippi to visit my father's siblings. And we dreamed of making "good time." I never knew until much later in life that good time might be an important concept and achievement.
That the Bible Belt is "more than meets the eye" is a song that has been sung countless times before, but it could be sung more. If there's one thing the South doesn't lack, it's dimension. We just don't always embrace it.
One of the things that most irritates me is for media folks and political pundits to use gratuitous, disparaging stereotypes about groups of people and their cultural affinities. And it seems that a common target for ridicule is the South and Southerners.