I cherish my upbringing on a farm in rural Alabama, smack dab in the middle of the geographical region known as “the south.” Here, fireflies flicker at dusk. Pace slows. People smile, shell peas, and sip sweet tea. Skylines broaden and sunsets linger a wee bit longer. And here, “suhthuhn”(1) culture still maintains exclusionary attitudes that often require going north, east, or west to truly understand. After years of being away and gaining a theological education, I return to the south with a Biblical worldview and experiences that contradict many suhthuhn ideologies. Even after Civil War and Civil Rights, after Women’s Suffrage and lynchings, it’s still real sticky in “the Heart of Dixie.”
Detecting the Stickiness
In suhthuhn culture, politicians drizzle their constituents with the cane syrup of cronyism. Sexism is still served up like a pan of honey-pecan sticky buns, glazing roles for men and women with pseudo-morality. SEC-ism rolls people like nuts in the nougat of collegiate sports.