The South is full of BLACKS. Mississippi and South Carolina are roughly 35% black. Georgia is about 25% black. Tennessee is 16% black. Lousiana is VERY black. Northeastern states like Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts are less than 10% black, with Vermont and Maine and New Hampshire being hardly black at all. Many jobs in the south have been outsourced in the the last 20 years.
You will not find much alcholism among white Protestants, I assure you. I live in the American South. Our problems are in order of decreasing troubles: black, hispanic, with kurdish and asian gangs rounding out the bottom. Its not as if many lower-class whites would not turn to crime and other anti-social activites if they could, but prison here is a living hell for whites............who instinctively know they will be outnumbered badly in there and raped, beat, etc.
So even "white trash" whites generally try and stay on the "right side" of the law, even if they resent it. They become "working poor" before they turn to welfare-ism and criminality. However, their life's chances are getting dimmer and dimmer as more and more factories close shop and go to China, and more tech help in insourced from Pakistan and India, leaving tech-school trained and low-skilled whites with little gainful employment to do.
Many "double up" and work an evening job or get a weekend job with both spouses working to support THEIR ONE KID. Our elite in America have made their choice clear............they HATE AND DESPISE the white middle and working classes and are doing every thing possible to stiffle their birthrates, get them to interbreed with the "new" Americans, and harm their life-chances by every social and educational (its very hard for a white male to get a scholarship to our increasingly expensive colleges unless he really is a brainiac or athlete), and psychological (you ought to read our history books..........you'll be made to know you are the bad guy endlessly, and watching our commercials would make an alien think that white males are impossibly stupid and emotionally retarded) way possible.
They are winning. A study "designed" like this one was made to be deceptive from the outset. Any American who has been to these places (the Northeast or the South) knows that the South if full of dysfunctional blacks, many many of whom that were raised in churches, but bought in to the MTV-sold "thug" "rapper" lifestyles (very intentional in my opinion on the part of the elite), and thus take on underclass social folkaways.
Lumping this subset in with white protestant non-drinking babtists, and "speaking-in-tongues" Church of God and uber-conservative Church of Christ types is profoundly deceptive. Even after all the social "warring" upon them, the white protestants in the south still breed at slightly above replacement birthrates. One reason that their divorce rates might not have the expected difference from Northeastern Secular Liberal divorce rates IS BECAUSE THE SOUTHERN CHRISTIANS ACTUALLY GET MARRIED AND NOT SIMPLY COHABITATE. You cant have a very high divorce rate when many people just shack up or delay marriage until their late-30's, when they have to have their one kid or not have one at all."
Thank you for this comment, anonymous. As I said, it's excellently argued and I largely go along with your interpretation.