Some people asked what I meant by “real southerner.” I’m simply pointing out that there are people out there who are very interested in defining who is and who is not a southerner for reasons sometimes connected with issues of heritage. Sometimes I’ve been told that I need to understand what a “real southerner” is.
So I turn to all of you: how do you define “southerner”? Does the term “real southerner” have any utility?
You tell me.