Ah. Well, bigotry is common the American south. It’s sort of everyday. It’s mostly harmless, the level of jokes told by 12 year olds and stuff.
But some take it seriously and make it a life’s cause in different ways.
It’s in the northern part of the US too, just much more subtle.
I’m not saying you’re a bigot — but a lot of the arguments you’ve made are *also* the same ones used by bigots who take things further than the level of jokes told in poor taste.