“Provincial authoritarian patriarchy” is the phrase someone came up with, very good. And an NEH group with a lot of Southern experience has advice for young faculty: if you are serious about your work, never take a job in the South because that is tantamount to giving your work up: you will have to live under the thumb of anti-intellectual, localist old boys and that is it.
I have related things to say about liberal arts colleges, and I do not like the East, so that does not leave much room to move. Still I think the derisive advice professors give graduate students, you have to go anywhere you can get any tenure track job or be considered non serious, is uninformed pontification. I also dislike the threatening tone in this piece of “advice.”