I’ve lived all over. And everywhere I’ve lived that was not here was highly segregated. I remember in the 80s, in south Jersey, my dad telling me he went on a run with another soldier who was local. As they ran, he’d say to my dad “this is where the Xs live”. X being blacks, Asians, Jews, Italians, Catholics and so forth. Dad quipped to the guy “I thought it was the South that was segregated?”
Hawaii, there were Haoles and everyone else.
And on and on.
And, in the WaPo (Yeah, that WaPo):
These crude regional stereotypes ignore the deep roots such social ills have in our shared national history and culture. If, somehow, the South became its own country, the Northeast would still be a hub of racially segregated housing and schooling, the West would still be a bastion of prejudicial laws that put immigrants and black residents behind bars at higher rates than their white neighbors and the Midwest would still be full of urban neighborhoods devastated by unemployment, poverty and crime. How our social problems manifest regionally is a matter of degree, not kind they infect every region of the country.
In fact, many of the racial injustices we associate with the South are actually worse in the North. Housing segregation between black and white residents, for instance, is most pervasive above the Mason-Dixon line. Of Americas 25 most racially segregated metropolitan areas, just five are in the South; Northern cities Detroit, Milwaukee and New York top the list. Segregation in Northern metro areas has declined a bit since 1990, but an analysis of 2010 census data found that Detroits level of segregation, for instance, is nearly twice as high as Charlestons.
The becoming our own country part sounds appealing. Except we do have a higher per capita of religious fundamentalists.