Do you see a pattern?

This is the “black belt”. Originally named for its dark and fertile soil, it became the plantation belt of the old south with the preponderance of slaves.

Once the Confederacy, it was later home to the “Dixiecrats” and now has the highest concentrations of Trump supporters. It was the focus of “Reconstruction” after the Civil War and the locus of voter registration and integration (“separate is not equal”) drives in the 50s and 60s, the kingdom of Jim Crow laws, lynchings, and terror against the black population.

It is also, not coincidentally, the “Bible Belt.”

The subsequent maps show various metrics, including poverty, life expectancy, infant mortality, education, obesity, access to healthcare. Pick your metric and you will find a similar map.

IMHO this region is the political backbone of reaction in the U.S.

Draw your own conclusions.

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