I Came All the Way to Martinsville, and All I Got Was this Lousy NASCAR T-Shirt

Ever vigilant against discrimination, “Dateline NBC” has been on the prowl for anti-Muslim, anti-foreigner bias in the United States. NBC sent Muslim-looking men to a NASCAR race in that bastion of white, southern redneck bigotry, Martinsville, Va., along with a camera crew to film fan reactions. Sadly for NBC, which spent all that money for naught, no one bothered the Muslims.

My hunch is that southern white males are less bigoted in their attitude towards foreigners than the snooty Northeastern liberals are toward southern white males. Hey, NBC, here’s an idea, why don’t you recruit a group of Goobers, send them to the Upper East Side of Manhattan, equip them with hidden cameras, and see how they get treated?

The Powerline blog offers a decent wrap-up of the story with useful links.

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11 responses to “I Came All the Way to Martinsville, and All I Got Was this Lousy NASCAR T-Shirt”

  1. Will Vehrs Avatar
    Will Vehrs

    Wasn’t this the equivalent to the Dateline NBC story where they took a female NASCAR fan in hip-hugging jeans and mid-riff baring shirt to Saudi Arabia?

  2. Ray Hyde Avatar
    Ray Hyde

    Hey, go easy on the Norther Liberals. After 30 years of indoctrination some of us have been able to adopt the more civilized Southern Customs and manners.

    Then, of course, there’s fried okra.

  3. James Atticus Bowden Avatar
    James Atticus Bowden

    Ray: If I ever had a last meal. It would include fried okra.

  4. Ray Hyde Avatar
    Ray Hyde

    I actually like fried okra, but my Southern wife has a problem with it.

  5. Beauregarde Avatar

    Awww…Why are you so defensive? They apparently didn’t find anything. If they run the story they”ll have to say “Those Southerners aren’t so bad after all!” Then we win!

    By the way, a bunch of those license plates at Martinsville are from Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, etc….Looks like the “culture” has been exported.

    Now I’m a Southerner (Virginia daddy–Alabama momma) and I just can’t stand fried okra. Seems to me that some who claim to like it are just trying to establish their bona fides.

  6. Ray Hyde Avatar
    Ray Hyde

    See, those Goobers will never forget the recent unpleasantness, hold it against a half-breed carpebagger every time.

    Discrimination, indeed.

    I will say that my mom claimed that Massacusetts shopkeepers srreptitiosly raised the price when they heard her accent.

  7. Larry Gross Avatar
    Larry Gross


    Now if you REALLY want to separate
    them thar Northern imposters of Southern heritage with true Southern fried culture…

    one word:


    That will send those carpetbagging “come-heres” back to where they should have stayed…

    … and not to mention.. sending weak-kneed Southerns screaming into the night.

  8. Ray Hyde Avatar
    Ray Hyde

    Ugh! Good one Larry.

    I’m usually pretty near omnivorous, but I would have to put chitlins in the same category as goat barbecued over copra. Maybe it has something to do with a bad gastronomic experience after buying some from a street vendor. (I didn’t know at the time, I was buying in a foreign language.)

  9. James Atticus Bowden Avatar
    James Atticus Bowden

    Call me weak-kneed. Chitlins are a no go. Still want to try ‘haggis’ some day. Yum.

  10. James Young Avatar
    James Young

    When I was growing up in the ’70s, I vivildly remember print and television news reports of violence in Boston, a notorious bastion of Liberalism. In the early ’80s, I attended Hampden-Sydney College, in Prince Edward County, one of the five co-defendants in Brown and a place where they closed their schools for four years rather than integrate them.

    I never saw in PEC the kind of vile and visceral race hatred that occurred in Boston.

  11. Ray Hyde Avatar
    Ray Hyde


    Some people will still try to tell you that the problems in Boston in the 70’s wasn’t white vs black but Irish vs black.

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