When this first started, I could have said, "Yep. I hate the South" followed by several jokes involving common southern stereotypes. Then you could have either taken it for a joke, or taken me for an asshole (probably both). Either way, it wouldn't be any worse than what appears on some blogs, and the issue would be dropped.
Or I could have said, "Whoops, sorry to offend, I didn't mean to hurt" and that would have been it.
Instead, I did what I normally do: I engaged in dialogue. I made explanations, responded to objections, and asked questions. Why I thought dialogue was a good way to respond to being called an ignorant douchebag, I don't know.
Now I say, screw that. If you don't like what I say, go ahead and think I'm a jerk.
When southern states stop using the Confederate flag for official things (like placement at statehouse grounds, appearance on state flags, appearance on licence plates), I'll consider giving up my biases about the South. Not a second before.
Next week, back to focusing on football.