Insight: The rural South defies its stereotypes

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In today’s political climate, the terms “rural” and “Southern” tend to conjure up a specific image for many people — white, working class, and pro-Trump. This assumption has led many Trump opponents to reject policies aimed at aiding rural America.

Consider the comments a recent Facing South report on the devastation Trump’s budget would cause in rural communities drew from readers on Facebook. “Maybe if they suffer enough, they will vote the GOP out of office,” wrote one reader. “They want sympathy. It is in the dictionary between s*** and syphilis,” wrote another. A third said, “I no longer care what those people suffer.”

Olivia Paschal is an undergraduate at Yale University majoring in history and political science and an intern with the Institute for Southern Studies/Facing South.

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