Bjarne pointed out some raw nastiness in Alabama (I'm sure these people call themselves Christians)..
There is something desparate about the poverty of these places like this and there are more than a few shattered lives. That may well breed a folding back in on nasty conservatism. Just let your own tribe survive and let everyone else rot. One would like to think most people there are good and decent, but they'recertainly outvoted.
Bad schools and few hopes for the young. I was reminded of an Emmylou Harris song