Because I'm rather shaken up about this subject, I'm writing another post to give it prominence at the top of the blog for the weekend. I've attempted to explain my values difference and ideas about "southern values" here, but I'm afraid I've done a woeful job at it. My ideas, however, are not made up or based on stereotypes. I'm basing this on the data I've been presented with. I'm basing it on news stories I've encountered and my own research and experience.
Let me finish by making a point I suggested in the comments below.
Trent Lott said that the country wouldn't have the problems it has if we would have elected Strom Thurmond, a segregationist presidential candidate, to the White House. In November, 64% of Mississippi voters elected Lott back to the Senate. Now--are my ideas about the South based on irrational bigotry? Or are my ideas based on the evidence that I see?