I love maps. Always have probably because of my visual learning style. I especially enjoy examining maps of human activity such as the one below. This map was a result of the 2000 Census question: ‘What is your ancestry?’

Focus, if you will, on the area within the green oval that I drew. Tan and purple; ‘American’ and ‘African American.’ While the most popular ancestry [powder blue] appears to be German, covering a wide swath of our citizens, that blue color disappears as one drives south, out of Ohio.  Across the river, it is a sea of tan where the people there claim their ancestry as ‘American.’ No, not Native American, just American. That begs the question: what exactly is an ‘American ancestry’ if not native? It makes one suppose that their ancestors were somehow native here but not aborigine.  Confusing?  Or maybe they lost their ancestral records and don’t know where their ancestors came from. Alternately, they could just be ignorant, but who am I to judge?

Politically, this is quite a conservative region; solid red states. Religiously, it is the Bible Belt as is shown on the map.

Conservative America, American ancestry.

Note that, on the top map, the tan fades into purple: African American. Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana, Alabama and Georgia, especially. Slave states; segregationist states. Jim Crow states. Bible Belt states. Solid red Republican states.

Fellow blog contributor, UptheFlag, notes that his state, Mississippi, has the highest concentration of African Americans of any state[36/100], but whites govern and legislate the state. How’d that happen? Apparently those with ‘American’ ancestry stick together cohesively enough to keep the state red and the blacks out of political office.

This Sunday morning, the racial divide in our nation is at its extreme, not only in Mississippi but all across the land. Black churches and white churches. Tan churches and purple churches. Same God, same Jesus.

Go figure.


9 thoughts on “Encircled

  1. But, what happens if you drive West, my friend, and cross the
    Mississippi? Looks like the Dakotas, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming are all heavily German. Yet, they are as conservative
    as those states crossing the Ohio are. And, didn’t the German
    State of Ohio pass a voter ID law? Jim Crow re-born in Ohio?
    What’s your point, anyway?

    1. My point? I suppose that I find it quirky that a group of our citizens think that their ancestry is ‘American’ but they are not native people. I also find it remarkable that this group of southern bigots share the state [yours] with the highest concentration of blacks in the US outside of DC. It truly is an odd mixture of divergent cultures.

      Regarding your remark, Dakotas, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming are all heavily German. Yet, they are as conservative, I might say that there is a vast difference between being conservative and being bigoted.

      1. Have we not known this before? I mean where are you going
        with this? It was present at the Founding, at the Civil War, and
        all through the 20th century. So, you don’t think then that
        the Ohio voter ID law is bigotry? Glad to hear that…

        1. So, you don’t think then that
          the Ohio voter ID law is bigotry?

          Did I say that? Hmm. I’m not sure that I would classify it as ‘bigotry’ in the common sense of the term. Rather, it is highly political. Naturally, as a minority party, the GOP needs to suppress voting- hence the voter ID laws. Pure politics.

  2. M_R writes: “How’d that happen?”

    Gerrymandering laws, my friend. As long as we permit state
    legislatures to use this practice of determining representation,
    there will be this inequality. You know, it seems to me, that it’s foolish of us to think that we cange the laws to favor the 99%, when we have the ONE percenters determining the gerrymandered districts and feeding the campaign coffers of the so chosen gerrymanderd reps and sens.

    That is why I mentioned in a previous comment some where, that we should concentrate and work on ending gerrymandering. I am wondering if a State Amendment to the State Constitution would
    be the easier way to proceed, instead of getting enough state
    reps and sens elected who will not bve in favor of losing their
    “job”…..Is there a way to by-pass the State Legislature to have
    an amendment placed on the ballot?

    1. I think there is a group in Ohio working to get a bill on the ballot. But with fringe Republicans in control of state offices, it’s a rough row.

  3. Hello Muddy,
    Another demographic segment this area would assign themselves too would be, “Southern Traditionalist.” You know just like their Fathers and Grand Fathers identified themselves in the 1960’s when they belonged to the Klan or at least had “Klan Sympathies” at the least.

    I guess to answer Uptheflag’s question regarding the Dakotas, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming…..they are allowed to be and have “Southern Traditionalist” values too. :-)

  4. Anyone else notice there is a lot of talk on Fox News about now is not the time to talk about gun control, but we should wait a while*?

    * Anyone else notice there is usually not a waiting period to buy guns?

    (I won’t name names, but aren’t there a few “conservative” bloggers, who comment here sometimes, who should never own a fire arm?)

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