Sweet Home Alabama is a little sweet and a little bitter

This weekend I traveled to Alabama by car. A road trip gives you an opportunity to see the country. To actually see the stark contrast between urban and rural lifestyles. You go from traffic jams to seeing cows meander in the fields, but you also hear and see other contrasts. While traveling back we were listening to a local shock jock who played what he called an “Ebonic Airline Worker” delivering the take off instructions. To say the routine was offensive would be a gross understatement. He played the clip and moved on with his broadcast. We were stunned, but apparently this was the norm for his show. The airwaves were also populated by a number of talk shows that ruthlessly bashed the president. The landscape was populated by huge cross symbols and plenty of confederate flags. We were 1000 miles from home. In the same country but in a part of the country with a distinctively different point of view.

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