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New Englanders quick to look down on Southerners

In her June 8 op-ed “New England Baptists drop ‘Southern,’ keep the faith” Jennifer Graham referred to having Kentucky associated with a product or a religious denomination as a dubious choice that should be discarded. A native Kentuckian, I will always be proud of the stellar education that I received there.

I have lived in the Boston area for more than 45 years, and I never cease to be amazed and disheartened by the self-perceived superiority of a great number of people in New England and their disdain for Southerners. I fear that there will always be free license to look down upon those poor ignorant souls who do not have the intelligence to be born in such an enlightened area.

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Case in point: I once had a teaching colleague say to me, “I had no idea you were from the South. You seem so intelligent.” I believe she thought she was paying me a compliment.

Marita O’Daniel Byrne

Natick

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