The movie "Talladega Nights" is coming to a theater near you this week. I hope you think twice before paying your hard-earned money to see it, especially if your a Southern race fan.
''Talladega Nights'' is one of the most blasphemous, politically correct major movies ever released by a major Hollywood studio. It is a racist, bigoted work that ridicules southern, white Christian males. In one scene, the filmmakers sneeringly deride Southern Christians who say prayers to Jesus before dinner. The southern Christians come off as ignorant buffoons, and the figure of Jesus is a symbol ripe for condescending mockery.
I've been a race fan since I was very young. I spent many Friday nights at Birmingham International Raceway watching Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Neil Bonnett, Red Farmer, the original Alabama Gang, race for what today would be considered peanuts. My Dad was a driver sponsor back then, and at one time sponsored Bobby Allison. By the time these drivers hit the big time, and Nascar was becoming a more widely watched sport, I was already a fan.
It's been many years since I went to Talladega for the race. But years ago I attended regularly. The people who attend the race come from all walks of life including the "stereo-typical" race fan. I've never had a bad experience at Talladega. Sure, there would be the occasional obnoxious drunk, but I never felt threatened and always enjoyed the race. Of course any time that many people are in one place, there is the potential for trouble (been to a Soccer match lately?), but for the most part the "good ole boys", were just that, although I will acknowledge here that many of them probably spent a few hours in the drunk tank and many more probably should have.
Of course, it is always open season on Southerners, especially Alabamians. But I agree with Russ Fine, "I'm American by birth and Southern by the Grace of God".