I love snide mockery
As a general rule, I think that displaying open contempt for idiotic yahoos who make a habit of embarrassing the entire nation with their verbal garbage is a laudable pursuit. Truly. And the people interviewed here are, without a doubt, idiotic yahoos. But I think maybe the New York Times is making it just a little too easy for the Palin-loving, anti-reading, New York-hating crowd.
I just love that all these people are identified first by their jobs and secondly by their physical point in space, which is almost invariably in the parking lot outside a Wal-Mart. I mean, c'mon. You couldn't find some racists, like, in an office building? "Flo Wynette, a waitress at the Slo-Poke Diner, was interviewed while leaning against a wall outside the Piggly-Wiggly, smoking a menthol. 'I just wish those coloreds would stick to basketball." "Billy-Ray Harper, who sometimes drives a truck for the lumber yards here north of Mobile, was found picking his nose in front of the Winn-Dixie. "Y'know all those half-breeds are gay, right?"
Fish in a barrel, NYT. And, frankly, not helping. You piss off the southerners with brains, of which there are many, you uphold Yankees' offensive stereotypes, and make racism seem simple - just a matter of rednecks, morons and Jesus freaks.
Anyway. Rant ends here.