Biracial Myth Of The South Analysis

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It is not very difficult for one to understand why the biracial myth has connections to the South. The South has always considered itself as a biracial community starting from the slavery era. Therefore, it was easy for the author, Wilson, to trace back the biracial myth of the South. Wilson states, “The biracial myth could be traced back to the conservative idea of the South as a hierarchical society, with society working smoothly when everyone understood and accepted his or her place,” (5). In this sentence, not only does Wilson defines the biracial myth, but he also hints at the caste system of the South. Based on Wilson’s sentence the South is defined as a “conservative” and a “hierarchical society.” This shows the complexity of the sentence. Even though Wilson agrees that the South considered itself as a biracial society, he states that the South in sense of race was not equal in humanity. Wilson indicates that the Southern society “worked smoothly” but he also states that “everyone understood and accepted his or her place,” (5). This shows that even though everything in Southern society “worked smoothly” there was differences among the the two races , that lived together, in rank and in status.…show more content…
Liberal reformers emerged who started to recognize and spread the brotherhood of White and African American people through religion. Howard Kester a liberal reformer states “there had to be an ethical orientation, a moral confrontation based on the teachings of Jesus (7).” Southern liberalism made Southern people understand equality among each other, which led to the actual demonstration of a biracial society in the South. This also led to the redemption of sins of Southern people. Southern liberalism gives a clear definition of how the South became truly biracial by acknowledgeing the brotherhood through religion and

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