I think that there is still a great deal of prejudice in the south today - much more so than in parts of the north, but as the previous respondent noted there is no clear statistical data to assist you in your analysis. What there is, however, is a history of legislation that did not exist then but that does exist today. Legislation, however, does not change human behavior, attitudes, or perceptions. It simply mitigates the degree to which people act on their feelings. It is illegal to discriminate in the United States on the basis of race when it comes to education or employment. However, there are still businesses that do discriminate quietly. There are anti-lynching laws that protect against assault, there are hate crimes laws, too. However, these laws only act as a deterrent or as a means of punishment after the fact. For the victim who has suffered or been murdered, the law is virtually meaningless. Essentially, the primary difference lies in the fact that prejudicially-motivated discrimination is no longer legalized but in many places it is still socially accepted.