People are amused at the description of Greensboro as a liberal mecca. Certainly it does not seem so liberal compared to, say, the Upper West Side.
But let's be proud of ourselves for what we are.
Guilford County is a reasonably progressive place. We were settled by Quakers, Germans, and Scotch-Irish, not the planter class. We did not want to secede from the Union. Our modern economy was kick-started by Jews. The Civil Rights movement got an early boost with the Greensboro sit-ins. Local government is by and large moderate, and colleges and universities are prominent in local life.
North Carolina itself is hardly Mississippi -- we may have elected Jesse Helms for a generation, but we also have a long and proud history of moderation.
I thought the original remarks in the NYT reflecting wonder at the standing O in Greensboro for f911 showed some ignorance of the city, an assumption based on stereotypes.
And I think the commenter who calls the surrounding areas "fascist" needs a dictionary.