Dirty South Right Watch is a Southern news collective covering politics and extremism. We cover what’s going on in our backyards, off our front porches, and over yonder. Much of the legacy media apparatus tells Southern stories from the perspective of the right-wing, disparaging the South as a place fully captured by far-right interests and thereby unredeemable. We, therefore, identified an obvious and glaring gap in critical analysis and coverage of the right-wing in the South, especially from Southern perspectives. DSRW was founded in 2021 to meet this need and we appreciate you reading our content.

“As west as Texas, as north as Virginia”

DSRW covers the South of the United States, which include the following states: 

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia | DSRW Tag
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina | DSRW Tag
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia

Each is linked to a tag above, added as we expand coverage. Until the list is complete, also consider reading our most recent stories, linked here. There are obviously no firm borders between these states and the rest of the US, so our work incorporates anecdotes and activity from other locations outside of the South where necessary, too, so long as the South is centered in the reporting.

In addition to a focus on the southeastern region of the US (read: Dirty South), we’ve also focused on key actors that operate here. These are far-right and right-wing groups comprised of a multitude of different rightward traditions, including white nationalists, militias, anti-LGBT groups, neo-Nazis, anti-immigrant groups, anti-choice extremists, anti-semites, anti-Muslim groups, neo-Confederates, Christian identity extremists, Boogaloo adherents, QAnon cells, anti-vax rightists, and more. While not an expansive list, here are examples of those we have our eyes on, linked with our coverage and/or profiles from other organizations like the SPLC: 

We also keep an eye on the police of the South as well as more traditional conservative bodies, such as the GOP and its affiliates. Other unnamed groups, such as assorted militias and street fascists, are also on our radar.