I’ve lived in the Deep South my entire life— in the same city as a matter of fact: Montgomery, Alabama. After years of studying and writing about this region, I’m well aware that the names of places I love have ugly meanings for many Americans. I’ve become accustomed to my daily surroundings being often-cited cases of racism, poverty, and inequality . . . even though that dim view, however true, is also short-sighted.
Lazy Afternoon Reruns: “The great many Deep Souths”