The most racist people I’ve met are all New England leftists. Sure they put on a good show, but when they’re in private conversation they say the most despicable things.
Most Southerners I’ve met talk openly, and joke around with “less than sensitive” racial humor, but probably wouldn’t ever be malicious.
Just my personal experience.
The northeast is much more segregated than the South; we use natural obstacles (rivers) and man-made ones (freeways, railroads) to keep our blacks in welfare reservations.
Then we lecture Southerners about tolerance...
Frederick Douglas chastised northerners for this 150 years ago; the hypocrisy involved was obvious back then.
A quick story...I lived for 20 years in an upper middle class suburb of Boston.Some would even call it wealthy (but I'm not wealthy for sure).It's also *very* "progressive",if ya catch my drift.A few years before I moved out someone proposed building some "affordable housing" in one of the nicer parts of town.Well,as I'm sure you expected...the neighbors went ballistic."It's too dangerous"."Think about the environment"."The traffic would be terrible,kids would be hit and killed".Stuff like that.Of course that wasn't the *real* reason.
Also...same subject...google "Commonwealth Day School" and pay particular attention to the hits you get from The Harvard Crimson (yah,*that* Harvard).You'll see a tale about the racism of the best and the brightest of Harvard University.It even involves (in a bad way) Julia Child and Laurence Tribe.Priceless!
When Dee Brown got drafted by the Boston Celtics, all his teammates/ friends said, I paraphrase, “oh, you going up south, huh?”