Not Mason...but. Southern whites are as a whole lot friendlier that those of other parts of the country. As are southern blacks. They also have a southern dialect that many Yankees can't understand. Nothing like the Boston or Brooklyn dialect but very hard for Northerners to understand.
I used to work with a lady who was from Tennessee. I loved her accent.
"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice"---Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.