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.
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.