The poll found that 46 percent of registered Republicans in Mississippi believe that interracial marriage should be illegal. 40 percent said that it should be legal. Another 14 percent were unsure.
Mississippi Republicans describe themselves as “very conservative” (40 percent), “somewhat conservative” (36 percent), “moderate” (17 percent), “somewhat liberal” (4 percent), and “very liberal” (4 percent).
I would take these numbers with a grain of salt.
The actual number of Mississippi Republicans who believe interracial marriage should be illegal is probably much higher. Many of the people who said it should be legal were only giving the politically correct answer to a pollster.
I will take this as good news.
I’ve said for years now that millions of White Southerners are still explicitly racially conscious. They understand racial differences, oppose miscegenation, already consider themselves pro-White, oppose illegal immigration, etc.
Ideologically speaking, these people are properly understood as “racial conservatives.” I was born and raised in this cultural milieu. It is still widespread in Dixie almost fifty years after the demise of Jim Crow.
It was racial conservatives who voted for George Wallace. In the early 1990s, they voted for David Duke in Louisiana. They voted for Jim Giles in his Mississippi congressional campaigns.
In 2004, they voted down the attempt to strip segregationist language out of the Alabama state constitution. They supported the Confederate flag in Georgia and South Carolina.
There are far more racial conservatives in America than White Nationalists. Most of these people have never heard of White Nationalism or associate the movement with Neo-Nazi groups like the National Alliance.
If we hope to get anywhere in the South, then we have to start by connecting with racial conservatives. We can’t even get to first base without first winning over the people who already agree with us on race. My future efforts here will always be conducted with that in mind.
I’m not sure how much direct impact I can have as a blogger, but I can at least try to clarify racial issues for whoever in my area is willing to listen, without selling them on bullshit or fantasies that will never happen.