Well, she certainly made an ignorant comment. When I was younger, I thought I didn't like southerners. I grew up in the 60s and saw a lot of unrest on tv- riots, for example- in the south. This left a bad impression on me. I have cousins who lived in Alabama (and still do), and I liked them. So, I had to learn to separate what I saw on tv- surely, not all southerners hated blacks or wanted to them harm. So, this classmate needs to broaden her perspective and her mind. Show her how classy and friendly you are. Maybe she'll change her mind. If not, you 'll learn from it (even if she doesn't).