I'm from the South and where I live most people are still racist and rednecks. Nobody will admit to this fact, but it a sad truth. The "N" word is standard issue where I live. I hate to admit that a lot of people I know still use the word. Nobody wants to talk about it, but it's there in the open spaces of Southern society. Nobody will admit they say the word, but they do. Although, a lot of Southerners are out in the open about their feelings, some still keep it hidden within the confines of their homes. If you ask most Southerns, they won't admit to being racist, but here in the deep South where I'm from it's the norm.
I do have to admit, I'm not a racist, but growing up I probably said the "N" word without realizing what I was saying. I can't stand the word and think it's ignorant for people to use it whether white or black.