” I think they hate hearing a Southern accent.”
Was stationed in Connecticut while in the Navy....Very true! It is shameful the way i was treated...beautiful countryside...people..not so much.
Most racist part of the country is the Northeast. The biggest race riot in American history were the “Draft Riots” in NYC when Lincoln said white men were being drafted into the Union army to help free slaves. Those mean ole Yankees hung every black in sight and said no way in hell would they be conscripted in any Army to free anyone, especially “n******. As far as accents go, I am 63 years old, lived all over the world many times over and never tried to lose my southern accent. I carry it as a badge of honor. I despise Southerners that are ashamed of their heritage. I have been told I sound a lot like fellow Tar Heel Richard Petty and of course he was my favorite NASCAR driver when I was growing up.
While on Midshipman summer cruise, a buddy from my NROTC unit at Ga Tech had shore leave in NYC. He was with several other middies, some from NYC, who had called several girls they knew to go out with the group of middies.
My buddy, a white Georgia boy, related that he was talking with one of the NYC girls. When she learned that he was from Georgia, she began berating him for the way he & his people would beat up any black person they saw walking down the street.
He protested that was not the case. The girl became even more angry, insisting that she read the newspapers and she KNEW the truth! Finally, she refused to even speak to him.
This was the summer of 1966.