Several years ago in Reconstituting America, you said that Southern Secession might be a good idea. In 2011, when 46% of Mississipi Republicans support banning interracial marriage, do you still think it would be a wise choice?

—Campbell

This shows the danger of what I call bullet point politics… making policy based on the worst couple mistakes or outrages of the Other Side.  So a minority of a minority in one Southern state turns out to have some highly unreconstructed views.  Is this even a real worry?  Is anyone proposing delegalization?

More significant is the fact that blacks are voting with their feet— at least a million blacks have moved from the North to the South in the last 30 years.  The percent of blacks who live in the South is now 57%, its highest rate in half a century.  So quite a few blacks believe that it’s a New South indeed.

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