While the idea of resistance may be trending now, for many Southerners, the word resonates through centuries of struggle into our daily lives. The South is not unique in this regard, but in the American experience, it stands apart.
The GOP health care bill is especially threatening for low-income and unemployed Americans living in rural areas—a disproportionate number of whom are Black and Latinx, a disproportionate number of whom live in the South.
After awhile, people get tired of being treated and talked about like a remainder in a market model. So rebuilding the left will require more than spouting off more statistics and esoteric policy jargon.
We know that progressive Southerners need allies from beyond the region, but we need those allies to actually support our struggles, instead of merely advertising their own noble opposition to flagrantly unjust laws.
This whole business started a couple of years ago. We were getting used to that long succession of articles about the North Carolina state government, and getting used to the shame that accompanied them.