TRIGGER WARNING: May run counter to your preconceived ideas about Race and about the South.
For John, BLUF: It is complicated. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From USA Today, we have this little fact: "Black migration: Northern cities lose, South gains".
This is mostly three charts, but the lede is:
Reversing what historians call the Great Migration of 1910-70, hundreds of thousands of blacks have migrated to the South in the last generation. Every year, more blacks move into the South than move out.I can only conclude that those are the small fraction of Blacks who vote Republican.
Of course, like a lot of migration it is about opportunity, especially economic opportunity.
The first Great Migration was from 1910 to 1930.
The second Great Migration was from 1941 to 1971.
From the point of view of Wikipedia this Reverse Great Migration started in about 1965.
Note the overlap. Perceptions change slowly.
Regards — Cliff