because the south treats the candidates like stereotypes
I do know how this writer feels. In our state the south is constantly
embarrassing the rest of the state. You watch the news, and there is always
some crazy redneck thing happening in southern Utah. Sometime I say to
myself; why canÂt we move Provo into another state? Every year, the
reps from southern Utah ,show up and try to pass another crazy law, for this or
that, then they rest of us have to pay good money, to defend a crazy law they
passed, which is unconstitutional.They even talk like people from the
south; explain that to meSeriously, how can they live in Utah, but talk
like someone from Mississippi? Where does the southern drawl come from?
Why is immitating their speech and coloquialism necessarily mocking them? My
husband has Scottish and Irish ancestry and loves his celtic roots. When he
goes to highland games or St. Patrick's Day events he just can't help breaking
into his version of their brogue. There is no mocking in his intent at all. He
wants to feel like he's one of them because he appreciates their culture and
language.Many of us have at times tried to use a British accent or
put a little Italian lilt to our speech. It isn't mockery to me. It is a form
of flattery. Our son lives in SC and has picked up a bit of Southern drawl and
we love it! Mitt may not be the best at immitating southern speech,
but I think it's should be taken as a compliment that he is trying to fit in
with people he values and enjoys, rather than taking offense.
This article says what IÂve thought for years, except I think she gives the
Chamber of Commerce too much credit. IÂve lived in every region of the
U.S., and the stereotypical characters always surface on their own, without
invitation. They are drawn to publicity like moths to a flame.
Ms Parker refers to the south as "The U.S. region that was invaded and
conquered." I recall from history classes that the first shots were fired by
South Carolina against the federal Fort Sumter. Didn't that have something to do
with the invasion?
Virtually every white person in the South is a Republican, virtually every
African-American is a Democrat. In 08, Obama got 12% of the white vote in
Mississippi, in 04 John Kerry got 14%. Tribal loyalty appears to be much more
important than any policy preferences.
The best quote here is from the maven of rednecks - Jeff Foxworthy who said
something akin to:"Southerners are among the smartest people on
Earth. Our problem is that we just can't keep the most ignorant amongst us off
the television."Are there stereotypical folks in the south?
Sure. They exist in most places. But the southerners I have gotten to know are
generally wonderful folks who are no more deficient in intelligence or reasoning
than their counterparts anywhere else on the planet.BTW, remember
that some folks use that dumb redneck thing to their advantage. Fall into
believing they are just dumb country folks and they will end up eating your
"Actually, yes, he might." Pretty funny!Your point is well
taken, but the South works hard to live up to the stereotypes, in politics,
culture, education and not moving on from the realities of history. I could go
on all day about real examples of this. I've learned that stereotypes are based