And the next few lines of the song are:

Ain’t no plantations in my family tree,He didn’t believe in slavery, thought that all men should be free

and it also contains, “Ain’t about the races; the cryin’ shame/To the fuckin’ rich man all poor people look the same,” then conspicuously shouts out MLK.
Which is the song’s point, I guess. The Southern Thing should be something transcendent, but what the South is isn’t the pro-regional, post-racial ideal the Drive-By Truckers sing of. This is a New South band; it’s as much Bubba Sparxxx as it is Lynyrd Skynyrd.

And the next few lines of the song are:

Ain’t no plantations in my family tree,
He didn’t believe in slavery, thought that all men should be free

and it also contains, “Ain’t about the races; the cryin’ shame/To the fuckin’ rich man all poor people look the same,” then conspicuously shouts out MLK.

Which is the song’s point, I guess. The Southern Thing should be something transcendent, but what the South is isn’t the pro-regional, post-racial ideal the Drive-By Truckers sing of. This is a New South band; it’s as much Bubba Sparxxx as it is Lynyrd Skynyrd.