I'm from the South. My wife is from the North. On the political spectrum, I lean to the Right while my wife leans to the Left. But neither of us is what the media portrays right wingers and left wingers to be.
But I found the following sentence to be oddly... Jarring.
"To all the people who have given me advice to stay away from white Republican places like Jersey, Florida, Texas and the South, let me say this."
Jersey? White Republican? Well, some parts of it are. But even in those areas, it's pretty left leaning for me. Oddly enough, I find more signs of racism there than where I live in the South. And don't get me started on the gun laws.
Obviously, each person has their views skewed by their own perception. They can perceive something better or worse dependent upon their own personal views. Thus, the view that white/Republican = Racist. Quite disappointing. It merely shows that the writer has preconceived biases, which places them on the same level of perception as the racists that they decry.