How The Southern Strategy Painted The South Red

Sep 17, 2018

As we near this year’s November election, there’s one recurring question: Will Georgia become a blue state? Before we look at the political future of the state, we did some research on the past.

The Southern Strategy helped paint the South red. Historically, members of the Republican Party would use tactics to realign the loyalty of white southern "Dixiecrats" beginning in the Civil Rights era. Atlanta native and former Republican National Committee Chairman, Lee Atwater mastered the Southern Strategy. On Second Thought's Virginia Prescott spoke with filmmaker, Stefan Forbes. He directed and produced "Boogieman: The Lee Atwater Story."